Archive for December 12th, 2008

I get lots of emails and calls from people saying: I’ve written my novel, now what? How did I go about identifying a Publisher? How did I contact them and what did I say to them?

To begin with, the query letter is the most important document you’ll ever write, perhaps more important than your novel itself. It is your sales pitch.

Just to give you an idea, when I wrote Kkrishnaa’s Konfessions, I wrote 92,000 plus words in six months. Which works out to about 500 plus words a day. But when you consider the fact that those six months include about two months of rewrite, the figure is much more impressive. Contrast that with the fact that I spent three weeks writing my query letter of 500 words.

Anyway, I did some research and stumbled upon Noah Lukeman’s “How to Write Great Query letters.” Lukeman is the  bestselling author of books like First five pages, The plot thickens and A dash of style.

He is also an agent who represents a lot of literary heavy weights including many New York Times bestselling authors and Pulitzer prize winners. As such he has reviewed over 100,000 query letters, i.e., 10,000 letters a year for 10 years.

He recently posted a FREE e-book on Amazon which I’ve found to be one of the best books on the subject of query letters. Check it out.


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