This is one of the most important steps a writer takes on their journey to get published. It is also in my opinion one of the most annoying and difficult tasks.
The query letter is your resume/pitch/golden ticket.
When writing a query you start of with the basics: Genre, word count, and the title. That’s the easiest part in the query.
After you’ve finished with that it’s onto the hook. The hook is what’ll get the agent’s or publisher’s attention, and make them want to open up your sample chapter. The hook is one of the most difficult parts of writing the query; because you want to make it the best pitch that you possibly can.
In doing so you’ll probably go through many changes with the hook. A lot of erasing, thinking of different ideas to write down, and then after writing your hook in many different ways you’ll nail it down.
Once you’ve finished with the hook you’ll have a book that you’ll compare your book to.
Then it’s onto the credentials, and then once you’ve got your credentials down it’s down your closer. That last sentence that leaves you holding your breath because you know that your almost done with the letter. That usually leads to you being hopeful that the agent will be most impressed my your query, and when he/she reads your sample chapter that they’ll love your story even more.
Query letters can be a pain to write but if they’re done properly then your book might just see the light of day.