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How to Write a Query Letter (Part 1): Paragraph One, the Hook

In the first episode of a three-part series of episodes on how to write a query letter, Abigail teaches writers how to write the first paragraph of their query letter. To do this, she covers important elements like:

  • What a query letter is and why a writer who wants to traditionally publish needs one
  • 4 essential details in every first paragraph 
  • 4-5 factors that determine a strong comp (comparable title)
  • More!

Plus! Abigail offers a free critique of the first paragraph to the first 10 writers only. Details on how to submit to Abigail and other examples and resources in this episode below:

 

I WANT A CHANCE AT ABIGAIL’S FREE CRITIQUE! Here’s what to do:

  • Email Abigail at: [email protected] 
  • Subject Title: Quick Query Tips Paragraph One
  • Embed the first paragraph ONLY in the email
  • Not required, but if you want to follow Abigail or share the show, go for it! 

***If you are not one of the first ten writers to email Abigail in the requested format, you may not get a response.*** 

 

FIRST PARAGRAPH EXAMPLE

Dear AGENT’S NAME,

I saw on Twitter that you love [SOMETHING THEY’VE SHARED PUBLICLY] and think you’d enjoy my book [YOUR BOOK IN ALL CAPS]. It is a [WORD COUNT and GENRE] that [SHORT LOGLINE] [OR] would entertain readers of [TWO COMPS THAT SHOW YOU UNDERSTAND YOUR GENRE AND ARE SOMETHING THE AGENT WOULD REPRESENT + BE ABLE TO SELL]. 

 

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