For example, a standard requested format for a manuscript query letter to a literary agent could be approximately 200 – 400 words, expressing the following information:
- The topic of the work
- A short description of the plot
- A short bio of the author
- The target audience
The literary agent would then decide whether to contact the author and request to see the manuscript, based on the contents of the query letter. In this sense, the query letter is an author’s first step towards getting his/her manuscript published. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Query_letter
That being defined…
The month of November was filled with NaNo-writing. December has been filled with perfecting my query letter (for my YA urban fantasy, BOUND), and sending it out to agents. And waiting…. Just have to say that I really appreciate the agents who have gotten back to me the same day I send them the query. Even though it’s been no (so far), I appreciate the promptness, and the finality–don’t have to wonder or lose all my nails waiting for a reply.
I know the “perfect” agent will come, eventually, and I’ll look back on this journey (will share more about my journey as soon as I do get an agent), and think it happened fast…..but until then, off to have another cup of coffee while I wait….
**Praying that 2014 is my agent year! Will keep you posted!