Posts tagged cover letters
Posts tagged cover letters
We writers can be closed off and private or very prone to over-sharing. And as with conversations over dinner, so go query letters and cover letters. When you submit your writing, you want to be sure you’re not sharing TMI (too much information). Here are a few things you should consider leaving out of your letters.
We know that many of you are writers with lots of experience. You already know all the ins and outs of how to write and how to make submissions. This article isn’t for you. You can take this time to go grab a cup of coffee and reread your favorite book.
Are they gone? Good. This article is for new, fledgling writers—the ones fresh out of the egg. Writers who have their very first story, essay, poems, or book ready for submission to literary agents or editors. The writers who may have questions they can’t ask anyone else: Do I use a query letter or a cover letter? What’s the difference? And how do you write one, anyway?
Striking the right tone in a cover or query letter is critical. Learning how to write a cover or query letter is like learning how to dress for an interview; while appearances aren’t everything, first impressions can be crucial.
Often, we at Writer’s Relief read query letters from writers who will mention more than one book. They mention prequels and sequels, previously published books, unpublished books, self-published books, and more. But is it a good idea to mention other book projects in your query letter?
Though every writer’s situation is unique, here are some things you’ll want to take into account before you mention other projects when you are pitching via query letter.
You’re writing your cover or query letter, and it’s time to add your bio. But what information do you include and what should you leave out? Whether you’re a professional writer or just starting out, deciding how to describe yourself and your publication credits (or lack thereof) can be a challenge. By answering these three important questions, you can be sure to write a bio that literary agents and editors will find professional and interesting.
Even the best writers sometimes aren’t sure when to capitalize the name of the degree they received from a college or university, whether they have a master’s, bachelor’s, or doctorate. So the Writer’s Relief proofreaders have simplified the capitalization rules for you.
If your query letter isn’t getting the results you want, maybe it’s time to start thinking like a literary agent. Although we at Writer’s Relief are not literary agents, some staffers have had agency experience. Plus, we’ve been submitting our clients’ work to literary agents since 1994, so we know what works.