Def: Query. (We gotta start somewhere.)

Helloooo everybody, and welcome to the first post of the Frustrated Intern Query Series. I’m Mica, this summer’s Frustrated Intern. Now I’d figure I’d start by telling you a little about myself. But you wouldn’t care.

So onward! Let’s begin with the most basic thing—what exactly is a query? Maybe you’re new to this whole getting-published thing, and haven’t a clue. Well, if you’ve got a Word document manuscript you want to see in real-life form, and you have no idea how to make it happen, then this post is a good place to start.

A Query is the thing you send to an agent or agency when you are seeking representation. It has four main parts: the Subject Heading, the Send-To Heading, the Query Letter, and the Writing Sample. Altogether, these things make up the first impression you get to make on an agent. To put it bluntly, if your query is terrible, then you’re never getting published. If it’s good, you have a chance.

Check back later this week, when I’ll go into the things that make up a Query.

– Frustrated Intern

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