Query Queries: You Need More Than A Hook!

The opening of your query is your biggest opportunity to hook the literary agent on your story.  Also, don’t forget to share any connection you have with the agent (you met him or her at a conference, or you’re a fan of specific authors that he or she represents).

And now that you’ve hooked the agent, it’s time to summarize your story.

A synopsis (or summary) is a longer explanation of your work.  This is where you can discuss your main characters, what happens, and what choice they must make now.  It’s important that you don’t give away the entire plot in your summary.  Feel free to leave the agent wanting more by structuring this paragraph in a cliffhanger.

The main point of a synopsis is to get the agent to request the full manuscript of the story you’ve written.


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