Jan 12 2010
A query is a page-long letter used by a novelist or comic book author to interest an editor and convince him that the writing is promising enough that he should spend the time to look at the sample chapters (for a novel) or script (for a comic book). What do you think about this query letter?
Dear [EDITOR NAME],
It’s been a normal day for IRS Agent Gary Smith, besides the car-bomb. And the US Marshals threatening to send him on a one-way trip to Alaska. And the revelation that everybody he knows has a pretty good motive to murder him (even besides the fact that he’s an IRS agent). His only chance of surviving with his sanity intact rests on joining a top-secret spy agency and partnering with a mutant alligator whose powers of deduction make Scooby Doo look like Batman.
Superhero Nation is a wacky mix of an office comedy and national security thriller. I’ve enclosed the script for the first issue, five colored and lettered sample pages, and the synopsis for the five issue arc.
My main writing qualifications are that I’m a communications contractor for [AGENCY NAME] and the webmaster for a superhero writing advice website with hundreds of thousands of readers.
Thank you for your time and consideration. I can be reached at [PHONE] or [EMAIL].