Great advice and links found by Author Bridget Whelan 😀
Writing a decent covering letter – or query letter as they are known in America – is one of the hardest things a new writer has to tackle.
Here’s good advice from the blog Writer Unboxed on how to do so it will actually get read:
The decision of whether or not to read a letter all the way through happens within seconds. The opening should sing, better than the fat lady ever did, and in your voice. The first sentences determine whether any more of the letter gets read. The first paragraph establishes whether you have done your research, are professional, would be someone interesting (and sane), someone who might be a good collaborator, and whether you can pitch your work, not your dreams.
The authorgives concrete examples of what you should and shouldn’t do.
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