Early on in my writing life, I was sure that the synopsis was the key to earning a publishing deal. But a synopsis of 4 to 16 pages is too long for most agents to read. What these gatekeepers of the publishing world start with is a query letter. It’s a business pitch, even if it promotes an artistic product.
If you haven’t sent off your query yet, here’s the best description of every aspect of how to craft a query letter. Noah Lukeman has three fine books for writers, such as “The First Five Pages: A Writer’s Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile.” His latest is “A Dash of Style: The Art and Mastery of Punctuation.” And as a agent he’s read 100,000 query letters. His Amazon Shorts book is a gift back to the writing community, available on Amazon as a free PDF file.
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I was pretty sure that a query letter was single-spaced. Lukeman confirms this. He also calls the letter a marketing task, but perhaps the only piece of writing you will ever get an agent to read. Marketing can be learned, he says. Easier than artistry, I add.