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Perhaps not. For many writers, though, the agony is mostly that of waiting for replies. What about the rest of it? A true search involves not only finding names and checking reputations, but making a full comparison based on a broad range of factors that foretell whether the author/agent relationship will be successful. Not many authors go to great lengths. Believe it or not, the majority spend about as much time choosing an agent as they would choosing a coat. For new writers, that is understandable.

If you have a background or expertise that is relevant to your story, that is useful to know. If you have been published before that is a selling point, too. Have you already been on the best-seller list? Please do not fail to mention that! More difficult is deciding what not to say. It is enjoyable to learn that a query writer is a lung surgeon, or a breeder of bassett hounds, or has been writing since the age of eleven, but, really, how relevant is any of that? It does give a human face to the writer, but only one or two such details are needed.

It is not impossible. After all, we summarize plays, TV shows, and books for our friends all the time. Doing so for the purpose of a query letter is not much different. 35 THE CAREER NOVELIST A Model Query Letter COMMENTS Edwina Writer 101 Main Street Anywhere, US 00000 1. Proper letter format shows that the writer is serious and businesslike. Donald Maass Donald Maass Literary Agency 157 W 57th St, Suite 1003 New York, NY 10019 2. Introductory paragraph makes a connection (albeit remote) between agent and writer and states the writer's purpose.

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