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15 Tips for Getting a Literary Agent From the Query Shark

How do you get a literary agent who will help you get published? As a writer, you need an agent who believes in you and your book. These tips for getting the right literary agent are from Janet Reid, who runs the Query Shark blog. Learn how to write a query letter and sell your book idea, nonfiction proposal, or fiction manuscript.

Example of a Query Letter for Unpublished Writers

This example of a query letter for unpublished writers (writers who don’t have magazine clips yet) will help writers land their first magazine assignment – I hope! I’m posting this because a reader asked for an example of a beginner’s query letter on my Tips for Improving Your Query Letters article.

Before the query letter example, a quip:

“Sleep on your writing; take a walk over it; scrutinize it of a morning; review it of an afternoon; digest it after a meal; let it sleep in your drawer a twelvemonth; never venture a whisper about it to your friend, if he be an author especially,” said A. Bronson Alcott.

Sleeping on your writing is one of the best tips for writing anything. And, talking about your writing – especially to other authors – can be helpful…but the jury is still out on that one.

Back to query letters: one of my favorite resources for freelance writing for unpublished writers is The Writers Digest Guide To Query Letters by Wendy Burt-Thomas. I interviewed her here on Quips & Tips, in Interview With the Author of Query Letters. Click Burt-Thomas’ book cover for info about writing query letters, and read on for my example of a query letter for unpublished writers…Read More »Example of a Query Letter for Unpublished Writers