Shooting Star, Pawel Kadysz

How to write a query letter

I’m usually pretty good at writing query letters. I have a fairly good track record with them, meaning that I have a decent enough percentage of getting full manuscript requests from a query letter. The last two novels that I queried had a 35% and a 27% manuscript request rate, which I consider pretty dang good. None of those full requests have translated into an offer of representation, however.

So I felt pretty good when I finally sat down to write the query letter for my most recently completed novel. But then I ran into a block. This query letter was harder than previous ones. Which then made me question what that means.

And then a whole host of other questions came to mind …
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