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You may now download this article to your Kindle! The method I use is pretty common. Read post, my first query letter.
This post applies to both editor and agent query letters. You will hear stuff about people sending pitches in pizza boxes. Or by way of singing telegram.
I have to be clear. Here are the key points to remember: Except for your signature. If you need a visual, an example template for a query letter is included in the book version of my Crash Course. Begin with your address no name. I will cover each part of the query letter in more detail.
Pitch — One paragraph or a couple of short paragraphs about your book. Written like book jacket copy. Bio — A brief statement about you. No first names, no nicknames. Introduction can be switched in sequence with Pitch and Pitch Part II This is usually a couple of sentences that explain how you know the editor or agent and what you want to share with them… Examples I attended the SCBWI conference in Los Angeles, and I wanted to thank you for your invitation to send picture book submissions your way.
I have enclosed X for your review. Thank you for speaking at the X conference in April. You mentioned you love working with teen chick-lit. If you really feel the editor or agent will like your work by referencing other work — be clear about why you think this is the case.
A statement like that is best left to the editor or agent to decide, not you. And a bit stalker-ish. If you have nothing decent to go with, I would recommend you leave out the intro and start with your pitch.
If everything you know about the agent or editor is all good but just SO generic… I would leave out the intro and start with the pitch. Pitch The pitch is the most important part of your letter. Easy to understand, right? The best way to define a pitch is to study them and draw your own conclusions.
Where can you find pitches? Your bookstore and library. Every book jacket is a pitch. Jackets have the same function as query letters-to sell the work, to entice…etc. Look at published books out there now. Find a jacket you think reads well and see if you can use it as a guide for creating your own pitch.
Pitch Part II This part of the letter covers important things that would probaby sound funny if you squeezed it into the Pitch. Word count Type of novel if not already mentioned —picture book, young adult, middle grade, etc.
I have ghost-written for X series, and I also freelance for the Daily News. If you have nothing to strut about writing-wiseyou skip this part and move to the next item in the query letter. A lot of people who write for children are parents, teachers, and librarians.
Or if your book is set in a tiny Chinese village, the telling is rich with rural culture, and you happen to have grown up there, that might be relevant. Closing The closing wraps up your letter quickly.
Examples This is a simultaneous submission. Thank you for your time and consideration. The pitch is what should take front stage in this letter—not how cutesy your sign-off is.Want to build your visibility and sell more books?
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How to Write a One Sentence Pitch. May 20, You are the first person to actually explain how to write a pitch. Most people simply suggest to go look at the one line in bold print on the back of the book.
Check out the Nathan Bransford Forums. Subscribe! Receive the blog directly in your inbox when there are new posts! First Name * Last. How to Write, Illustrate, and Pitch a Children’s Book to Publishers. Write your manuscript. The first thing you’ll need to do is complete your children’s picture book manuscript.
If you’re not an experienced writer, you could take a class on writing for children or check . Getting creative with the delivery of your pitch doesn’t sell your book.
Your work does.
27 thoughts on “ anatomy of a query letter ” Jerry D'Eliso says: February 21, at pm Your best bet would be to write your song as a children’s book manuscript (put the words in manuscript format) and revise it so it suit the picture.
how the book blurb could pitch that book to readers (online or physically) And no book succeeds unless it’s pitchable in that way.
In fact, you can define an elevator pitch like this: An elevator pitch for a novel is a very short summary of what makes the book. Unique; Striking, Fresh, and; Compelling; If your elevator pitch doesn’t tick those boxes, your book is unlikely to sell.
You are currently browsing the tag archive for the ‘Elevator Pitch’ tag. PiBoIdMo Day Pitch like Paula Yoo. November NaPiBoWriWee is short for National Picture Book Writing Week where I challenge writers to write an entire picture book every day for a whole week—7 picture books in 7 days!
Paula Yoo is the author of the YA novel.