SAMPLE QUERY LETTER
Dear [Agent Name],
HOOK: Begin with a tantalizing sentence which describes your main character, what he/she wants, and what stands in his/her way. Determine what is at stakes if he/she does not achieve the goal.
BOOK DESCRIPTION: Give the title, theme, word count, audience.
BIO: Give your writing credits. Add if you've published a book or received a college degree that pertains to writing.
CLOSE: Thank you for your time and consideration. You can add: As per your submission guidelines, I have attached the first five pages of my novel. Upon your request, I would be more than happy to send you the full manuscript. Please note that this is a simultaneous submission.Sincerely,
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A Short Course in Finding the Right Publication
Written by DL Shirey
Let’s say you write a short children’s story that’s nearly 500 words long. You think it’s good enough to be published. Now what? If you use a submission manager like Duotrope or Submission Grinder, you could peruse their many listings, weeding through a jillion journals until you find a likely candidate.
Or you could hop over to The Short List [<link to www.dlshirey.com/the-short-
list] and link to submission info for “Fairy Tale Magazine” and “Kid’s Imagination Train.”
A submission manager and The Short List are both excellent writers’ tools. One provides invaluable, in-depth information for a publication’s genre, audience, response rates and payment. The second is a great short cut, especially if you write flash fiction or any prose with lesser word counts.
As a writer of short fiction, I started a personal spreadsheet. Whenever I happened on a journal that published shorter prose, I added it to my list. After a couple of hundred entries, I shared it with my writing group and The Short List was born. Now it is public, with some 800 journals (at this writing) that restrict word count to 4,500 words or less.
Whether I start my search first with The Short List, or Duotrope or Submission Grinder, the path always ends at a journal’s website. It’s pays to read a few of their stories to see if what you’re sending them fits the publication’s style, editorial philosophy and other preferences. Otherwise, you might be wasting everyone’s time. Especially yours.
So the next time you write KidFic and the word count falls, say, under 750 words, click on over to The Short List. You’ll find links to “Fun for Kidz” and “Guardian Angel Kids.” And one of those might be perfect for your story.