The Ultimate Query Letter Guide


How to Write a Query Letter

I’m attending a retreat this weekend and we are supposed to bring a query letter for critique. In preparation, I’ve read a variety of articles about “how to write a successful query letter” and found the best available on the internet today.


  1. How to Write a Query A classic 3-paragraph query letter. Great examples of hooks.


  3. How to Write a Query Letter Great list of Do-Nots and a good sample query included.
  4. How to Write a Successful Query. Covers the essentials, plus Hooks to Avoid.
  5. Rites of Submission: Cover Letters and Query Letters. Details the differences and similarities between cover and query letters.
  6. Tara K. Harper, FAQ: Query Letters Reminder to consider the audience (publisher, editor, or agent) and the type of manuscript you have written (novel, magazine piece, etc.)
  7. How to write a query letter. With only 25 words for each major section of a query letter, this one gives you a solid skeleton for your query.
  8. Stepping Onto the Query-Go-Round, pt. 1: Content First of a 4-part series on query letters, including a successful letter, notes on tracking queries and more.
  9. What’s NOT a Query Letter. Send out these queries at your own risk.
  10. How to Write a Great Query Letter: Inside Tips & Techniques for Success. FREE eBook from agent, Noah Lukeman, on the topic of queries.
  11. Sample Query Letters

  12. How To Query an Agent
  13. How to Write a Great Query Letter: An Example that Worked. Example from a Scholastic Editor.
  14. Sample Query Letter. An annotated sample query letter.
  15. I’m All Done, Now What? Writing a Query Letter. A query letter is taken through several revisions.
  16. The Complete Nobody’s Guide to Query Letters The query letter as a cold-call selling technique. Example of a successful query.
  17. P&E: Sample Novel Query Letter. Basic annotations, but good.
  18. Sending a Digital or Email Query Letter?

  19. Query Letter Subject Lines: Act Now!! Get It While It Lasts!

  • Eric J. Krause
    April 22, 2010

    Excellent! Thanks for posting these. I’m a week or two away from starting on my first query letter to send to agents, so this will be helpful material!

  • Kyrsten Bean
    December 4, 2010

    Thank you so much for this list! I’m attempting to expand my cache of freelance gigs right now by sending out new query letters. I was searching for the best advice on the web in one place and I feel like I hit the mother lode.