I was going to link to another post about authors and depression, but it turns out I’ve stored a ton of links related to query letters. So, I figured I’d post those now before I forget which ones they are:
First, I had mentioned the post I’d run across about whether or not you should thank someone for their time in a query letter. Turns out I’d bookmarked it, so here it is: BookEnds – Thank You For Your Time.
(Personally, I say you thank them, but you do it at the end. If they make it that far, then they deserve a small thank you for making it that far. If they don’t, you’re not actually thanking them. Just don’t grovel. It’s not pretty when asking for a date and it’s not pretty when seeking an agent.)
Second, a post by PCW on Query Letters. It happens to contain one of my all-time favorite quotes (this year at least):
“I’m a novelist; if I coulda said it in less than 100,000 words, I woulda.”
Third, Suzie Townsend’s query roundup from August 31. It contains a few good pointers on crafting query letters.
Fourth, a link to #10QueriesIn10Tweets. Look for the tweets by Sara Megibow. Note how many queries aren’t targeted properly? And the one with a completely unrealistic word count? And how many have weak grammar/structure. Fix those issues, and you’re playing a completely different game than most aspiring authors.
Fifth, How to Write a Great Query Letter by Noah Lukeman. It’s a link to a 100+ page PDF. I haven’t read it yet, but I may have skimmed it at some point. I did bookmark it, so must have thought it was worth looking at further.
The Internet – it’s just information overload 24/7!
Anyway. Enjoy. I have packing to do. Good times!