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TMI: A List Of Things NOT To Say In Your Query and Cover Letters

TMI: A List Of Things NOT To Say In Your Query and Cover Letters | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

We writers can be closed off and private or very prone to over-sharing. And as with conversations over dinner, so go query letters and cover letters. When you submit your writing, you want to be sure you’re not sharing TMI (too much information). Here are a few things you should consider leaving out of your letters.

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Basics of a Solid 3-Paragraph Query

An effective query letter:

• doesn’t state the obvious—if it does, agents will think your book is all “telling,” no “showing.”
• is never longer than one page—if it is, agents will think your book is overwritten.
• is not about you—if it is, agents will think your book will be too navel-gazing to invite the reader in.
• never sounds generic—if it does, agents will think your book won’t have a unique or appealing voice.
• makes the book sound interesting—if it doesn’t, agents will know the book isn’t.
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