Sample Query Letters
Reader Blaine asks
Does anyone out there know of a website or a book with a lot of sample query letters?
The question comes just as I’m studying this guide to marketing a novel:
The Sell Your Novel Tool Kit: Everything You Need to Know About Queries, Synopses, Marketing, and Breaking In by Elizabeth Lyon.
The book was recommended to me by a colleague for the very reason that it contains numerous sample fiction queries.
Chapter Six defines the query and offers step-by-step instructions for writing one:
Model Query Letter
Types and Uses
Chapter Seven provides 15 examples of actual letters. Several genres are represented, including
So far I’m finding Lyon’s book extremely helpful as I prepare to market a mystery novel of my own. When I’m ready to do something with one of my non-fiction projects, I’ll have a look at her other guide: Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write.