As your one-stop-shop to querying literary agents and publishers, Query Shop trawls through agent blogs and websites, and keeps you up to date with the latest tips and do-nots when it comes to querying.

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Latest Blog Posts for Query Shop

  • Publishing definitions
    on Feb 12, 2012
    For anyone interested in all the acronyms and word meanings in publishing:
  • Comparing your MS to other worksWhen you are writing your query, you have to write a line about your novel that states title, genre and word count. Sometimes however, this can feel too brief. One thing you can do in this line is compare it to other works (and you can go multi-media...
  • A gentle reminder...
    on Jan 26, 2012 in Rejections Submissions Query Tips
  • Famous Rejection Letters
    on Jan 25, 2012 in Rejections
    For anyone facing an incoming slush of rejection letters, remember even famous authors have been rejected!Check out this site: and read some of their letters and stories.
  • Form Rejection Letters
    on Jan 24, 2012 in Rejections Submissions
    When an agent responds to your query, you may find yourself wondering if it is a 'form' letter, or a more helpful, personalized letter. It's not always as obvious at it seems!Some agents personalize form letters with your name, book title, and someti...
  • When Agents Stop Reading
    on Jan 22, 2012 in Query Do Nots
    Author Roni Loren came up with a recent list that lets you know when agent's stop reading your query.I also have a few to add, but highly recommend checking out her list!Other "when agent's stop reading your query" tips:If they don't rep that genreIf...
  • What a Query Letter is NOT
    on Jan 19, 2012 in Query Do Nots
    I saw a very good list of what a query letter is not today.  A query is not:A synopsisAn apologyBeggingA mass letterOne line asking the agent to look at the attached materialsTwo lines asking if the agent is accepting queriesThree lines ask...
  • Getting a Second Opinion
    on Jan 15, 2012 in Query Tips
    It is easy to get so sucked into your novel that when it comes to writing the 'blurb' part of the query letter, it ends up a choppy mess, or it doesn't make sense, or you don't even cover the core conflict. That is why getting a second (or third or f...
  • Query Formatting
    on Jan 8, 2012 in Query Structure Query Tips
    Happy New Year! After a brief holiday hiatus, Query Shop is back. Today's tip: how to format a query.- Firstly, if you're in a email client that allows it, take off rich editing and make it plain text (this avoids missing lines and funny text showing...
  • Submission Directions
    on Dec 13, 2011 in Query How To Submissions Query Tips
    Most literary agents and publishers have their submission directions on their website. Before submitting, read them (at least twice) and FOLLOW THEM. Don't think that you are the exception the the rule.If the directions say "no attachments", don't at...
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