How to write a decent query letter
Now, if you do it right, your publisher should be able to just slap what you wrote on the back of the book when it comes out - possibly along with some review quotes and maybe even a blurb as we discussed last time.
Elevator Pitch. I hope you'll consider representing/publishing my (genre) novel (TITLE), complete at (number) words.
Back jacket copy.
(Brief author bio and previous works if applicable.)
Per your submission guidelines I have included a one- or two-page synopsis and (whatever other crap they asked for) below. Thank you for your time and consideration.
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After the 2nd American Revolution, a loyal Blue citizen must save his lover by venturing into the heart of darkness itself: The Red States. I hope you'll consider representing my sci-fi novel EVERY KINGDOM DIVIDED, complete at 82,000 words.
Jack Pasternak, a laid-back California doctor, receives a garbled distress call from his fiancée in Maryland before her transmissions stop altogether. Unfortunately for Jack, citizens of the Blue States are no longer allowed to cross Red America. He is faced with an impossible choice: ignore his lover's peril or risk his own life and sanity by venturing into the dark heart of The Red States. When the armies of the Mexican reconquista come marching into Los Angeles, Jack's hand is forced and he heads east in an old-fashioned petroleum-fueled automobile.
The journey is a minefield of dangers, as Jack faces partisan warbands, feral Wal-Mart dwellers, and missionaries from the Mormon State of Deseret. He is soon joined by Haley Daniels, a fellow traveler who turns out to be the Red president's daughter. Jack's quixotic quest transforms into a deadly crucible when the president unleashes the full might of the Red military to track Haley down and save her from the Blue Menace. The final showdown between the politicized armies of the Former United States with Jack stuck in the middle takes place in Harrisburg, PA, within spitting distance of his lost love.
My published novels include BRAINEATER JONES (2013, Red Adept Publishing), THE GHOUL ARCHIPELAGO (2013, Severed Press), and BILLY AND THE CLONEASAURUS (2014, Severed Press.) I served as an officer in the U.S. Army and earned the Bronze Star Medal for service in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Below, per your submission guidelines, I have included a synopsis and the first three chapters of my manuscript. Thank you for your time and consideration.
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