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How to Write Attention-Grabbing Query & Cover Letters Paperback – August 15, 2000
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As a novelist beginning to accumulate those unimaginative rejection form letters, Mr. Wood convinced me that, regardless of the guidelines, send at least a synopsis along with the query letter. The two pages he devotes to writing the novel synopsis are worthless, however, and according to Writer's Digest, perhaps dangerously outdated. As indicated by WD, for today's agents and editors, the novel synopsis should never exceed five double-spaced pages. (See "format Your Novel Proposal" by the editors of Writer's Digest in the August 2002 issue to get the scoop on cover letters, synopses and chapter-by-chapter outlines.)
The WD article is not helpful for novel query letters though. Mr. Wood devotes 11 pages (out of 185) to the novel query, including his model sample and one successful query. You might get as much by surfing the web. Still, I don't regret buying this book.
The majority of "Attention Grabbing..." discusses query letters and correspondence relating to non- fiction. Although non-fiction isn't by cup of tea, Mr. Wood's plentiful advice appears to be useful.
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