Query Letter

Query Letter

A Story by Cherrie Palmer
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Who needs to sharpen this skill So pretend you are sending In one of your books or stories

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Opening line should be a simple hook.  Let the agent know word count and genre.

Give the agent a idea of who (in numbers#) they can market this to.

 Take a paragraph to sum up the story.   Talk about your main character on a personal level(like that character is real).Think intimate commercial (tantalizing) with why people would like reading it. Think of this in a flirty way sell the idea of reading this book. Like a kid trying to convince a parent to get him or her something. 

A small bio. include writing experience, workshops, published journals... 

Thank the agent for their time. 

© 2019 Cherrie Palmer


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This is the second brilliant piece of advice I've seen this morning for other writers. Many times the advice posted for writers is too wordy & self-righteous sounding for me. This is perfect -- concise & prodding. You make it feel really possible for anyone who might be cowering in fear (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Cherrie Palmer

2 Years Ago

I agree writers can get to wordie and make everything sound like a personal achievement.
Fo.. read more
barleygirl

2 Years Ago

Here's the paradox . . . many writers can brag on a website like this, but I agree that most people .. read more
HB Rita

2 Years Ago

Agree with barleygirl.



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Great advice. Thank you.

Posted 2 Years Ago


Cherrie Palmer

2 Years Ago

Thank you it never hurts to practice:)
Lea Sheryn

2 Years Ago

Very true. The more you practice, the better it gets.
Useful advice Cherrie. Thank you.

Posted 2 Years Ago


Cherrie Palmer

2 Years Ago

I like when we (as writers) share our own processes. Helps everyone think outside of their own proc.. read more
HB Rita

2 Years Ago

It is so nice of you. Thanks.
This is the second brilliant piece of advice I've seen this morning for other writers. Many times the advice posted for writers is too wordy & self-righteous sounding for me. This is perfect -- concise & prodding. You make it feel really possible for anyone who might be cowering in fear (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Cherrie Palmer

2 Years Ago

I agree writers can get to wordie and make everything sound like a personal achievement.
Fo.. read more
barleygirl

2 Years Ago

Here's the paradox . . . many writers can brag on a website like this, but I agree that most people .. read more
HB Rita

2 Years Ago

Agree with barleygirl.
Will do! First off years ago, came into the cafe to write short stories. Had few readers and decided i was a hopeless writer, so decided i'd write mediocre poetry instead and have managed that and worse pretty well! Still want to sort short story writing however online and off. To read your advice, to think about it, there's such logic involved and I'll certainly take note of it all. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with other writers, few do that sort of kindness these days. Hugs and sincere thank yous again.

Posted 2 Years Ago


Cherrie Palmer

2 Years Ago

It's great to see back in the chair. Don't over do it today.
I think we should bring our toy.. read more
emmajoy

2 Years Ago

Thank you so much, Cherrie. Am going slowly, promise! Am all for bringing whatever necessary to th.. read more
Good advice Cherrie and a brilliant synopsis of how to do it. I for one always need reminding about the ABC's of submission and how to get my writing in the right hands.

Posted 2 Years Ago


Cherrie Palmer

2 Years Ago

That does seem to be the infinite struggle, getting our work in the right (willing to read us)hands... read more
Crowley

2 Years Ago

1 thru 3 will help with that, trying to find the right mix of information, love of your own work, an.. read more
Cherrie Palmer

2 Years Ago

I agree it's hard to find that magical blending.
Neat Cherrie. I suck at this myself.

Posted 2 Years Ago


Cherrie Palmer

2 Years Ago

I think most writers feel this way.
Maybe it seems rude to brag on our own work and find wor.. read more
Great advice Cherrie. I do outlines. Try to keep the story line straight. This year. I will wander out and try to make some money. I hope.
Coyote

Posted 2 Years Ago


Cherrie Palmer

2 Years Ago

Years ago I made outlines. The 3 acts, 3 pivot points for each scene. And I haven't done that in a.. read more
Yeah, I think this is great advice. If someone is reading twenty books a day, you want yours to stand out.
So the first page really has to hit home. But in reality, expect lots of rejections, but don't be despondent.
Everyone has a book them, just get it out there. Though I'm a bit of a lazy git, so I'll be a bit behind you.

Posted 2 Years Ago


Cherrie Palmer

2 Years Ago

I'm guilty of cranking out a story and then I may never go back to clean it up.
I think wh.. read more
Paul Bell

2 Years Ago

Thought it was just me that did that. lol
Cherrie Palmer

2 Years Ago

I'm the worst. I don't have ADHD except when it comes to writing. Its like I'm being timed and will .. read more
Very well --

"Think of this in a flirty way sell the idea of reading this book. Like a kid trying to convince a parent to get him or her something." or it could be like making wife or girlfriend blush by sending flowers or making her go to her fav. places to walk by.

Really an interesting and insightful idea you have come up with. Worth reading it is, i guess.

Posted 2 Years Ago


Adam Adams

2 Years Ago

Absolutely correct so far - so currently, you got published with which company?
Cherrie Palmer

2 Years Ago

I have two ebooks with amazon kindle.
Adam Adams

2 Years Ago

Very well - do share the links with me. Would like to check 'em out.

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Cherrie Palmer
Cherrie Palmer

Oakland, AR



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I am a published poet and love poetry. My husband and I live near the White River, and love trout fishing. I find my surroundings a great inspiration to me. I also have two books on Amazon Kindle: O.. more..

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