Jan 15 2014

Famous Query Examples

            I realize
that I have a unique style of learning, so this post might not apply to others.
Presently I am continuing on my journey of figuring out how to write a proper and successful
query letter. I have been through the examples and how-to pages on the
internet. There was also a LitReactor class on the subject, which I completed
last month. I have examples of my trials (and, thus far, only errors) in an
older blog post.

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            What I
believe would be truly helpful would be to see examples of query letters which
not only found representation, but which went on to become extraordinarily
popular best sellers in the past fifteen years. A few such books, off the top
of my head, would be:

  • Harry
  • Twilight
  • The
    Hunger Games
  • The Da Vinci Code
  • The Secret
  • Eat, Pray, Love
  • The Kite Runner
  • Dead Until Dark


            I’m sure that you, my dear reader,
can think of other books that belong on that list. Equally, I am sure that
there are a few you may not agree with- and to that I’ll add:

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            So, have you ever read a query
letter of one of the above books? Any idea how to get a copy?

What I found
while searching:

             I have found an example for Harry
Potter, but I’m not sure if that it is the actual query letter. 

Rowling, according to her unauthorized biography, included her own drawings
when she submitted Harry Potter to the agency that decided to
represent her. However, because of that trick, her submission was initially
placed in the reject pile.” http://www.how-to-write-a-book-now.com/query-letter.html

            Why finding
the Twilight Query may be of no use (according to the author):

will state, for the record, that my queries truly sucked, and I don’t blame
anyone who sent me a rejection (I did get seven or eight of those. I still have
them all, too).” http://stepheniemeyer.com/twilight.html


            This has a few examples of hooks.
Again, I have no idea if they came from the actual original query letters, but
I rather doubt it. 

 Please share all
leads you come across in the comments. As always, thanks for reading!

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