Saturday, April 10, 2010

8 Successful Kid Lit Query Letter Examples

There are lots of query how-to's out there, but I'm hard to educate. I wanted examples and they are hard to find for YA or MG fiction. Having gone through the exercise, I figured I'd share the few paltry samples of "good" or successful query letters I managed to scrounge up. Hope they help you....

http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2006/11/anatomy-of-good-query-letter.html
http://www.johnsonliterary.com/blog/2010/2/9/anatomy-of-a-query-letter.html
http://www.underdown.org/covlettr.htm
http://www.underdown.org/mf-sample-query-letters.htm
http://chavelaque.blogspot.com/2010/01/how-to-write-great-query-letter-example.html
http://pubrants.blogspot.com/2007/10/blog-pitch-workshop-part-i.html
http://pubrants.blogspot.com/2007/10/blog-pitch-workshop-part-ii.html
http://pubrants.blogspot.com/2007/10/blog-pitch-workshop-part-iii.html
http://www.archetypewriting.com/articles/QTers/letter5_EJ.htm
http://pubrants.blogspot.com/2010/01/megan-crewes-query-letter.html
http://www.kimberlypauley.com/2010/01/07/query-letters-the-original-sucks-to-be-me-queries/
http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2009/09/24/successful-query-letter/
http://www.foliolit.com/sub-basicquery.php
http://www.darkangelwritingandreviews.com/2010/01/example-of-query-letter-that-scored.html
http://pubrants.blogspot.com/2010/01/gail-carrigers-query-letter.html
http://www.writingforchildrenandteens.com/2006/05/29/57/anatomy-of-a-query-letter/
http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2009/09/14/how-to-write-a-query-letter/
http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/node/3473271
http://forums.nathanbransford.com/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=875
http://jillcorcoran.blogspot.com/2010/04/formula-for-query-letter.html
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Del-Mar-CA/Sandra-Dijkstra-Literary-Agency/204596008168?v=app_2347471856#!/note.php?note_id=228756054088

If you find any other examples, please let us know.

Happy querying!

Martina

P.S. 5/2/10 -- Cornell deVille ran a YA/MG query contest last month judged by Jamie Weiss-Children, an agent from Andrea Brown. She chose three winners. Check them out at:

http://cornelldeville.blogspot.com/2010/04/jamie-weiss-chilton.html

8 comments:

  1. Thanks for yet another helpful post, Martina. I am ready to start writing my YA query letter and I'm sure these links will help.

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  2. JayceeKaycee, I've been wondering.... I haven't really found anyplace where Kids and YA writers can help each other with queries. Would it be helpful for us to do that here, do you think?

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  3. Absolutely, Martina! Great idea. Sign me up!

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  4. Added a couple of new links from agents wishlists today. One to a query letter template from Jill Corcoran and one from Sandra Dijkstra. And our query letter page is up! Post your queries and help each other....

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  5. Ew. Queries are sooo hard. You'd think now that I have an agent I'd be off the hook, but no. He (rightly so) thinks the letter should be as close to my own voice as possible which entails a bit of back and forth. Thank goodness I have his guidance! I think it's great you compiled a list. Very useful for writers struggling with this.

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  6. Can't believe I missed this post! It will take me days to go through. I'm ready...

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  7. Great links. Thank you for sharing those.

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  8. I want to thank you for sharing those links. All those sample letters are very amazing. I think I can get some ideas from those letters on how I am going to write a good business letter.

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