Don’t leave! Yes, I used the word query. Truth is, you can’t get published if you don’t query. Most editors and agents prefer this method of submission. It’s green, eco-friendly, and postage-free.
It’s also so darn easy if you do your homework.
Just like in the “old” days, there are submission guidelines you need to follow. There is no excuse not to know them. Just about everyone has a website or blog where these guidelines can be found. This is not a hardcore, you must do it like this, set of directions.
I'm just offering some common sense things to think about. So here goes.
Use the correct email address. Does it go to a Query@email.com address or to s specific person's email. Make sure you know.
Subject Line - use it. Include the word query, that’s what it is. Not using the word, won’t get them to open the email any faster. Actually, it might be the reason they delete it, unread.
Salutation - be professional. No “Whaat’s up, Dog! Dear Mr. (insert last name), Ms. (insert last name), or if you are on first name basis, Dear (insert name).
Body Text - keep it short and to the point. You know the cliche; hook, line, and sinker. Use it.
Hook - Exactly what it sounds like, with name of project and page count.
Line - One paragraph, description or pitch.
Sinker - Tell them if you have have included sample pages and who you are.
Signature Block - Name and contact information, Include your email, web or blog address, and a phone number.
Example: Samantha Writer
Know what to include:
Did they ask for a synopsis and the first chapter?
Do you insert into the email or as an attachment?
Everyone has different preferences. Make sure you know them.
Do you have any great email query tips? I would love for you to share them. Post them in comments.