I am just finishing up reading tons of query letters from an open submission period at work. While there’s no one formula for how to write the perfect query letter, there are a few things you can do to stand out in a good way.
The whole querying process is, frankly, brutal. For authors, it’s so hard to make that connection—to find the agent or editor who’s looking for their kind of thing. A rejection can feel like someone’s downvoting your talent, even though that couldn’t be further from the truth.
One draft of one project doesn’t represent your full potential. Even if it did, agents and editors reject good books all the time because they don’t fit their current needs. (I probably do this about ten times more often than the average editor, because my company’s needs are so hyperspecific.) And sometimes, agents and editors are just plain wrong.
They get a huge volume of submissions, and it’s hard for authors to stand out.
I wanted to share three hacks that can work to an author’s advantage.
Even if you’re not querying right now, you might want to pin or bookmark this for future use!