I still need a hook to engage the agent. I still need to decide the format of the letter, whether I want to start with myself or my novel. I still need something that will make me feel comfortable about sending my baby out into the world.
The query letter is a pitch to an agent or editor. Most agents and editors require the manuscripts to be completed before querying, so make sure you finish before you begin querying. The elements of a query letter include a hook, a mini synopsis of your novel, and a brief bio/list of credentials. Do research on the agents, so you don’t query a fiction novel to an agent who only represents non-fiction.
Writer’s digest has numerous examples that helped me get started. The approaches and styles are varied, but they were all successful in getting responses from agents. Here’s the link:
Perhaps in time I will feel comfortable enough to send out a query letter, and though perfection doesn’t exist, it doesn’t mean I won’t strive for it.
With that, I will leave you with a verse:
I hate you pen and paper,
writer of dirty little words.
Your promises were thin like vapors
and stinky like turds.