Writing Books/query letter


I've been asked to send a "more detailed query letter" This will be the first I've sent her, but I've written a hook, a second paragraph with the story, and a third saying contacted professionals in my reasearch. Is this okay, or is there anything I should add or elaborate on?

Also, one book says to not to name the protagonist in the query since having the agent stop to remember names slows things down. It says to write "the protagonist" instead.
How does this sound to you?


Hmmmm, well Demetrius, this is just my opinion but as an editor, I'd want to know the protagonist's name.  I'd opt for something like:  My protagonist is named Annie and she's  . . . .  Then refer to her as Annie.

Have you written in the query letter what the conflict is?  What does your protagonist want that the antagonist also wants.  Both can't have it so that sets up conflict.  An editor will want to know what the conflict is.

Otherwise, the query info looks good.  Good luck!  Let me know what happens, Ok?

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I am the author of four nonfiction books: Private Lives of Ministers' Wives (with Rev. Sherry Taylor,New Horizon Press, New Jersey, 1991)and currently working on a second edition; Bugs: Stingers, Suckers, Sweeties, Swingers (a FRanklin Watts Frist Book, Chicago, 1993); The Confident Collector Identification and Price Guid to Quilts (with Kathleen Barach, Avon Books, NY, 1992); and, Official Price Guide to Quilts 2nd edition(with Kathleen Barach, Random House, NY, 2003.) I've taught How to Write the Book Proposal for the past ten years at the week long International Women's Writing Guild annual summer conference, and, at the Manchester Community College Continuing Education program. I've taught in many local continuing education programs in central Connecticut. Five authors have sold books using my methods for writing the book proposal. I have spoken at the Big Apple Conference, an IWWG event held in NYC; both Connecticut chapters of the Romance Writer's of America other writing conferences

Internation Women's Writing Guild, past associate member American Society of Journalists and Authors

Books for New Horizon Press. NJ; Franklin Watts (Now Scolastic)Danbury, CT; Avon Books, NYC; and, Random House, NYC

B.A in Economics from the University of Connecticut

Past/Present clients
Carren Strock, author Married Women Who Love Women; Doris Larson, travel writer, Ohio; MaryLou Streznewsi author Gifted Grownups.

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