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Ensemble cast books—stories featuring plotlines that follow multiple characters—offer a scope and depth that make the narrative structure attractive to writers and readers alike. But summarizing an ensemble cast story in a query letter presents special challenges....
Writers, if you’re hoping to create a query letter that will grab a literary agent’s interest, you have a HUGE job ahead of you. You’ll need to figure out how to distill the storyline of your entire book into a one- or two-paragraph book summary (sometimes called a...
How To Decide Which Plot Points Should Go In Your Query Letter Summary (And Which Shouldn’t) | Writer’s Relief
While a full-length novel or memoir might be around 100,000 words long, the query letter summary should only be about 200 words. Anything more and you risk irritating busy literary agents and losing their interest. So it’s not surprising that many writers have trouble...
When trying to “sell” your idea for a nonfiction self-help or how-to book to a literary agent, it’s important to cover the basic elements in your query letter book blurb. But aside from offering the “facts” of what your book is about, consider this strategy: Make it...
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