December 29, 2010

To the Writer Community...I Need Help

Dear friends of the Internet,

I'm researching agents. Yay! Not. This is the point where my query letter is finished and now I need to personalize it to every agent in my list. I'm doing this by researching the agent's sales, comparing my work to others.

Here's where I need help.

I have two perfect comparisons that I've included in my query letter for one agent. I'm not sure if there will be other books out there that can compare so well. Can I keep those two throughout my submission process for EVERY agent, assuming they know the books I'm speaking of or do I need to go even further and find different comparisons for EACH agent?


  1. I would keep the books in that compare best with your own. Best of luck in the process!!

  2. I agree. Keep the comparison that's true to your book. Don't fight that. The main selling feature of your query letter is the pitch paragraph(s)the agents tend to only look at the comparables/other info in the query if they're hooked and/or on the fence.

    Good Luck!

    - Amy

  3. Keep the same two books for comparison. If they need to, the agents can look up the blurbs on Amazon.

  4. Thanks for your help, guys! I really appreciate it!

  5. Yes, I agree. Keep the books for comparison and if you have room, emphasize what makes those books and yours ideal for that agency.


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