If you want to learn to write winning query letters (and by winning I mean ones that will catch an agent’s eye), start following a blog called QueryShark.
Janet Reid, an agent at FinePrint Literary Management, reviews query letters that readers send in (and by “review” I mean, and I’m quoting her, “eviscerate.”) You send them in; she, with no punches pulled, tells you what you’re doing wrong. Okay, she rips them apart.
She does occasionally come across a winning query and she links to those in her sidebar.
It’s definitely a blog to read for research on writing or improving your own query letter. I wouldn’t recommend submitting to QueryShark until you’ve read and understood her eviscerations and have worked and re-worked your query, then had others read and critique. And then, submit only if you have a thick skin.
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