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Successful Query Letters for Literary Agents

Are you struggling to write a query letter to literary agents?

Once you find an agent you would like to represent your book, the pitch letter is the next step in the traditional publishing process.

Below, we’ve collected 23 different agent pitch letters that actually worked in a variety of genres. We’ve gathered these samples from agency websites, agent blogs and the AgentQuery forums. No matter what kind of novel you have written, they can help you craft a better query letter.

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Should You Re-Query?

In a recent blog post, author Allison Winn Scotch tackled one of the toughest questions facing aspiring writers: should you ever re-query after an agent?

Here’s an excerpt from her blog post: “if in your heart of hearts, you think that Agent X will fall in love with it and may have overlooked it in her slush pile, I suppose it doesn’t hurt to retry. (But I would do so with very few agents.) As for those you never heard back from? Well, I’d just query them as if it’s your first time. They may not have really read your query very closely, and I doubt that it will be remembered such that they’ll find you annoying or pushy.”

Scotch (pictured, via) also suggested that authors don’t attempt to re-query an agent if the first was sent less than six months before–because revisions require a lot of time and effort. What do the agents in the audience think?

Writer Resources & Book Pitch Contest Extension

ebooksummit23.jpgToday we launched a new “Writer Resources” category at GalleyCat, collecting practical tools for aspiring, published, and self-published authors.  To celebrate, we’ve also extended the deadline for our book pitch contest until October 27th–giving all those readers a chance to polish their queries for first ever Mediabistro Book Pitch Party on November 3, 2010 in NYC.

As you can see, GalleyCat now has five primary themes highlighted at the top of the blog: PublishingDeals Bookselling, GalleyCat Reviews, and Writer Resources. These categories will archive our content for the different parts of our audience. Feel free to share your thoughts about these new tools and check out all our categories for more specific themes.

We also encourage all the writers in the audience to enter our ongoing Book Pitch contest–a chance to win a free ticket to the eBook Summit in December. Our events team decided to extend the deadline for entries until October 27th to give everybody a chance to participate. Follow this link for all the contest details.