AGENTS REPRESENTING PICTURE BOOKS
SAMPLE QUERY LETTER
Dear [Agent Name],
why are you querying this agent. Give the book's title, word count, and audience.
BOOK DESCRIPTION: (About 3 - 5 sentences; should read like a book flap) Describe your character, what he wants, what obstacle stands in his way, the stakes, and then hint at the ending. Add two to three comparative books.
BIO: Give your writing
credits such as if you are published, if you have received a college degree that
pertains to writing, or if you have attended writing conferences. Mention if you're a member of a critique group or if you've received awards for your writing.
CLOSE: Thank you
for your time and consideration.
You can add: As per your submission guidelines, I have attached the first five pages of my novel. Upon your request, I would be more than happy to send you the full manuscript. Please note that this is a simultaneous submission.
LITERARY WORD COUNTS
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HOW TO MARKET YOUR BOOK
Tips from Barbara Ann Mojica and Christine
A Short Course in
Finding the Right Publication
Written by DL Shirey
Let’s say you write a short children’s story
that’s nearly 500 words long. You think it’s good enough to be published. Now
what? If you use a submission manager like Duotrope or Submission Grinder, you
could peruse their many listings, weeding through a jillion journals until you
find a likely candidate.
Or you could hop over to The Short List
[<link to www.dlshirey.com/the-short-list] and link to
submission info for “Fairy Tale Magazine” and “Kid’s Imagination Train.”
A submission manager and The Short List are both
excellent writers’ tools. One provides invaluable, in-depth information for a
publication’s genre, audience, response rates and payment. The second is a
great short cut, especially if you write flash fiction or any prose with lesser
As a writer of short fiction, I started a
personal spreadsheet. Whenever I happened on a journal that published shorter
prose, I added it to my list. After a couple of hundred entries, I shared it
with my writing group and The Short List was born. Now it is public, with some
800 journals (at this writing) that restrict word count to 4,500 words or less.
Whether I start my search first with The Short
List, or Duotrope or Submission Grinder, the path always ends at a journal’s
website. It’s pays to read a few of their stories to see if what you’re sending
them fits the publication’s style, editorial philosophy and other preferences. Otherwise,
you might be wasting everyone’s time. Especially yours.
So the next time you write KidFic and the word
count falls, say, under 750 words, click on over to The Short List. You’ll find
links to “Fun for Kidz” and “Guardian Angel Kids.” And one of those might be
perfect for your story.