The purpose of a query letter is to find a publisher and/or agent to represent you and your novel(s). You want to hook the person with the very first line, drawing them into wanting to read your story from the first page to the last. The style of your novel should be reflected in the style of your query, and you should let your voice come through as much as you can.
TAKE THEM ONE AT A TIME
Submitting query letters can be a daunting, yet, exciting task. You’re nervous and anxious, and it’s hard to keep your head focused. If you are trying to submit more than one at a time, you could accidently switch names or letter details that the Agent, Editor, or Publisher didn’t want or need. Best thing to do is to do each one, from start to finish, one at a time.
FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS TO THE “T”
Following the publishers or agents submission instructions is perhaps the most important piece of advice to remember. Most agents and publishers will delete the submission without even looking through your work if you don’t follow their instructions. Don’t hinder your chance right off the bat-follow the instructions.
If you don’t want to receive a blanket rejection, don’t send a blanket query. Make sure that you give each at least one a little personal touch for the particular Agent, Editor, or Publisher. Doing so tells them you’ve done your research on them and that you know you are possibly a good fit for their client list. Not to mention, sometimes, there might be a specific detail one might want to know that the rest do not, like page or word count.
INCLUDE ALL INFORMATION
It’s been widely known that Agents, Editors, and Publishers have often complained that authors leave off vital information on their query letters-information like telephone numbers, email addresses, and physical addresses. Even if they will never call you on the phone or send you a snail mail, include everything.