RE to infamous Query letter
Abby & other interested in Query Letters & book proposals:
I'm fairly new to writing books. When I started my first book I was about 18k on the word count before I knew what POV was. That was 3 yrs ago, since then I learned that and much more from writing books & an online crit group. Sorry to say this group is no longer around.
After several fustrating attempts at Query's & synopsis, I started thinking about hiring someone to write them for me, Then I found this book from Writer's Market Books "Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript. by Cynthia Laufenberg. :cool:
It gives plenty of examples and shows you things to do or to avoid. It really helped me. FYI, It helped me to get my first book sold.:D I'm a firm beliver in this type of self help books. Some I've wasted money on:mad: were nothing more than someone telling me how they got published. This one really has usful info. Even Marshall also has an excellent book called "Getting Your Novel Published" :) Mr Marshall is famous for his book on writing "The Marshall Plan"
If you're into outlining your story first then this is the book for you. I don't outline, but it still has plenty of useful info.
There are plenty of good books out there written by agents & editors who know what they're talking about. All I can do is tell you my limited knowledge about the mechanics of writing these things.
I hope this helps.
G W Pickle :D