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Mar 27 2009

What is a query? How do I write one?

I provide advice about how to write novels, comic books and graphic novels. Most of my content applies to fiction-writing in general, but I also provide articles specifically about superhero stories.

Novelists write a query to convince a literary agent or publisher that…

  • The book’s concept is exciting and well-designed.  If they don’t like the concept, they won’t read the sample chapters.
  • The book is marketable and could find an audience.
  • The book has some sort of advantage or angle that will allow it to compete with similar books.  Why will readers pick up this novel instead of a competing title?

The formatting depends on which literary agency or publisher you’re submitting to, but usually it will feature the following sections:

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