Writing a Query Letter by Mae Clair over at Story Empire. Image of a woman writing a letter. Image from Canva Pro

Writing a Query Letter

On the blog, today, I thought I would share a blog post from Mae Clair over at Story Empire who wrote a great piece on writing query letters.
A great article for anyone who is considering querying their work.

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Hi, SEers. Mae here today to discuss a topic that usually makes authors cringe. There are two things I despise writing—a book synopsis, and a query letter. I’ve had to suck it up and do the former, but until the end of last year, writing a query letter for literary representation was something I’d avoided.

I have, however, been sitting on a finished manuscript for almost two years. As a hybrid author, I’ve been published by a traditional small press, and have indie-pubbed my own work. The one goal that has escaped me is to find a home with a Big Five publisher. Most of us dream of that, right?

At the end of 2021, I decided to try. The first step—almost as hard—means finding an agent. We all know this is a lengthy process, almost assuredly layered with plenty of rejection. I’ve read horror stories from NYT bestselling authors…

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