Query Letters: How to Write the Query (and Cover) Letter You Dread to Magazine Editors and Book Publishers (Getting Published 4)
Many magazine markets require a query letter before you can submit your article to be considered for publication. Most book publishers and literary agents require a query letter before you can submit your book proposal to be considered for publishing or representation by the agency. One way to get production companies to consider your screenplay is to send them a query letter.
There’s a lot riding on your query letter. Query letters open the doors for your writing, whether to publishing your articles, stories, and books, or producing your screenplays.
That’s why query letters often strike fear in the hearts of writers. We must include all the important information about our article, book, or screenplay (whatever that includes), write it well enough to impress the editor or reader with our writing ability (oh, the pressure!), and (What?!) limit it to only one page?! Is such a feat possible? Yes, actually it is.
After struggling to write query letters, author Dianne E. Butts created her own 18-Point Formula to help her create door-opening query letters.