Friday, July 17, 2009


Please send me any writing/publishing questions that I can answer on Monday's "Dear Kerrie" post. Remember, no question is too big or too small.

Have a great day,

1 comment:

Jay said...

Hi Kerrie,
I have a question about query letters for TRULY first-time authors. Every example of a good query letter that I find online or in a book mentions some kind of credentials (they've been writing for their local newspaper for 10 years, or they have published in such-and-such magazine, etc).

I do not have any publishing credits. I also have not been to any writing conferences and therefore can't lead my query with "you asked me to send you this." I don't know any authors, so I can't get a recommendation from anyone.

What is a truly first-time author to do? I've written two great novels, I have my degree in English, and I've been trying for years to get published.

Is it possible for someone in my position to break in? Or must I write for newspapers and magazines first? I really have no desire to do that. I write fiction and have no desire to write non-fiction (and yes, I am also submitting to fiction magazines and writing contests, so far to no avail).

Are there examples of good query letters out there that were accepted on nothing other than the writing itself?

I've ready many books and blogs on the art of writing a good query letter, so I understand how it's done. I do my research on each agent ahead of time, and I taylor my letter to their likes, needs, and desires.

I feel like if I could just get an agent to read my sample pages, they'd see it's good work. But I fear my queries are hardly read do to my lack of publishing history or networking ability.

I am constantly writing and improving, and have been for 10 years. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance. ~Jay

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