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By Noah Lukeman

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Many books were written in regards to the question letter. yet few were written via literary brokers, who obtain millions of queries every year and who grapple with them every day. Even fewer books were written by way of literary brokers who're presently lively, who're keen to jot down from the trenches and supply their standpoint on why they reject question letters, and why they settle for them.

in the course of his final sixteen years as a literary agent, ny literary agent Noah Lukeman, President of Lukeman Literary administration Ltd and writer of 3 critically-acclaimed books at the craft of writing, has learn millions of question letters. Now, for the 1st time, he deals his insights at the question letter, sharing an insider's viewpoint, giving insights and sensible pointers on what works and what doesn’t.

"Lukeman’s suggestion is practical—and usually involves a number of, time-consuming steps—without a touch of the flakiness that creeps into many writing guides."
--Publishers Weekly (regarding The Plot Thickens)

This 100,000 be aware dossier additionally contains at no cost of Noah Lukeman’s different books--How to Land (and hold) a Literary Agent and Ask a Literary Agent.

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Lukeman? Can’t you see why I’m so excited? I know you will be too. Let me now quote something from Chapter 3…. An agent encounters many variations of this. Writers will sometimes open their letters with a quotation from their text; other times they will conclude with it. Sometimes they’ll quote one line, sometimes an entire page. Needless to say, don’t do it. It is understandable that you are eager for an agent to read your actual work, but quoting your own work in the query letter will only lend it an air of megalomania.

It is a good query letter, solid in every respect of the word. Now we’re going to go over small, final issues, make sure that your query letter is not only good, but great. The Final Sentence Throughout this book I’ve been stringent about limiting the letter to three paragraphs. But this begs the question: what about a conclusion to the letter? A closing sentence? Should one just conclude a query abruptly after the author biography? If you were to end your query letter after your bio, with nothing following, it would be satisfactory.

Forgive me if this letter goes on too long. ” Go over your letter once again and look for any remnants of small talk. Take it out. 5. No givens Another major space waster is givens, that is, information an agent knew already, or would have taken for granted. ” You have to understand that the instant an agent opens a query, he implicitly takes for 51 Noah Lukeman “How to Write a Great Query Letter” granted many things, including the fact that you want an agent, that you want him to represent you, that you are ready and willing to send your manuscript, etc.

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