A book query letter can land you a book deal or simply be lost in an overwhelming amount of emails, already sent to book publishers. This post should help you understand what book publishers are looking for and how to land a book deal with a book publisher. Make sure to do a little research about the publisher. Most publisher specify what they want you to include in your query letter.
The first thing that might go against your query letter is the fact that it is full of errors. A professional editor should look over your proposal to check for typos, misspelled words, subject verb agreement, comma splices and so on. Next make sure your letter is addressed to the right person. Do some research on the company and find out what genres they are taking. Then, include a paragraph or two describing your manuscript. In this paragraph, include title of book, word count, genre, and why you think your manuscript would sell. This is the time to stand out amongst the crowd and pitch your manuscript. Then, include a paragraph or two about your manuscript called a book blurb. Make it unique and attractive to the publisher. Think of it as what you would see on the back cover, that attracts readers. Last of all, write a short biography about yourself including previous works. Make sure the publisher can contact you about your manuscript —leave a contact email address, phone numbers, etc…
When sending a query letter, the publisher wants to know that you have done your research. Now is not the time to start making demands and asking lots of questions. Wait until the publisher decides to publish your manuscript, then you can ask the questions that haven’t been covered already on their website. Most publishers have a Q and A page with details about their company.
Here are some definite Do Not’s:
- Do not make demands to the Publisher.
- Do not criticize the Publisher
- Do not forget to tell what the book is about
- Do not be unprofessional in your approach
- Do not refuse to send items the publisher request
- Do not ask too many questions about what the publisher can do for you.
- Do not send an unfinished letter without all the details the publisher requires.
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Why are books so important to everyone? We as individuals are capable of inventing new ideas, creating manuals to teach others how to save lives, writing books to teach our children about history and setting up new laws that will forever change our lives and the lives of others. Without setting up schools, libraries, new governments and new laws, where would this country be. We have educated ourselves beyond our ancestors by reading and studing books and manuals. We now can read manuals about healthcare, how to fix things, how to make things and so on. Books are filled with knowledge, parables, insights into a happy life, helpful topics about life, love, fear, child rearing, prayer, worship and helpful advice. One can read about romance, the creation of the world, future events, and big battles that men have fought. Without books we wouldn’t know anything about other cultures, extinct animals, important historical events, scientific studies, and fascinating research. Books help us to have critical thinking skills, teaches us how to perform task, helps us plan for our future, perform jobs better, and solve problems. Contracts do not carry any weight unless written down and signed. Writing makes it easier to define and analyze all sorts of problems including Math problems.
Writing first started with drawings and symbols in the Old Stone Age. Then progressed into ideographic scripts by the Sumerians and Egyptians. Then progressed into syllabary symbols. The first paper used was originated in Egypt called the papyrus. Later alphabetic writing was originated in the Middle East and spread through the Greeks and Romans. Back then, only scholars and scribes could write. Writing was known as an educated skill and therefore over time became widely used by educated people. Our knowledge of history is due to written text material. Writing is an art and is used by everyone to some degree. Music, Literature, and Drama owe their development to writing. “It is the writer who might catch the imagination of young people, and plant a seed that will flower and come to fruition.”
– Isaac Asimov
Tips for helping authors stay focused and quit procrastinating about writing. Often in our everyday lives, we find other things to preoccupy our minds and keep us from the goal at hand. Just think about your final manuscript as the end prize.
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I was asked by a publisher once, what was the reason that I came to be an author. The simple and plain truth is I love to write. I love creating stories that evoke imagination. There is no limit what you can do, where you can go, or who you can become in a book. I hope my stories inspire, edify, and encourage others in a way that they may want to spread around that joy they received, from reading a good book.
Most writers choose the writing profession merely because of their need to write things on paper. Each book started from an author writing one word at a time on paper. Some writers write because they want to leave behind a part of themselves. after they have passed on. Some writers write to educate or instruct others about something. There are so many reasons a writer writes but writing is an art in itself. You can create new worlds, design masterpieces from words on paper, and leave behind a legacy of history to the next generation. I encourage each writer to continue their work because one day, it may help someone else to become a better person.
In the faces of men and women I see God and in my own face in the glass, I find letters from God dropt in the street, and every one is signed by God’s name, and I leave them where they are, for I know that wheresoever I go others will punctually come for ever and ever. — Walt Whitman
James Copeland is a crime mystery author of Bottom Bones and Blindsided. He was born in Walker County, raised in Cullman County in Birdsong, Alabama. He retired from the public work place, after many years of sales, management and ownership of businesses. He has accomplished many things in his life time, but feels nothing more satisfying than what he is doing now. He has a great feeling of accomplishment by just having reached this phase of his new career in writing.
Detective FRANK HAWTHORN receives a call from W.J. FISHER. He said that his son Milford Fisher had disappeared. He found his boat near the Memphis, Tennessee branch of the Fisher Granary Corp covered in blood. Later that day the boat disappears as well.
Hawthorn is told that young Fisher discovered someone was stealing millions from the company and now he is missing. Everyone believes him dead except Hawthorn who has a premonition that maybe…he’s still alive.
Detective Hawthorn works his magic to solve the crime. After several incidents and mishaps, he discovers the truth and finds the guilty individuals. There is an important twist in the story and Frank Hawthorn uncovers a plot that will keep you on your toes. Frank wears his heart on his sleeve and is BLINDSIDED when he discovered the truth about the woman he loves while he searches for the truth. You’ll never guess what happens in this riveting tale.
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