Writing a Great Query Letter for Getting Your Book Published

By Sarah Parsons Zackheim, Adrian Zackheim

Part of Getting Your Book Published For Dummies Cheat Sheet

One of the steps to getting your book published is to write and send query letters to try to get a literary agent or an editor at a publishing house interested enough in your book to sign you as a client, and, hopefully, offer you a nice advance — a sum of money you can use while you actually write the book.

An effective query letter has the following characteristics:

  • Runs one page — never longer

  • Contains no errors — typing, spelling, punctuation, and grammar are all perfect

  • Gets immediately to the point

  • Appears on good quality paper

  • Is upbeat in tone and style