Query Letter: Your Book’s Audition

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As a writer who is in the process of querying agents (27 queries sent thus far with MANY more to send, still waiting for 21 responses) this advice is very timely.

Laura Lee Anderson

Most actors hate auditions. I don’t know why. I love them.

An audition is your chance to show yourself at your best. You’ve spent years honing your craft. You’ve spent days polishing each detail. You’ve spent hours preparing the material. Now all of those years of work are focused into three perfect minutes. It is not a necessary evil. It’s the culmination of everything you’ve worked for and the gateway to the thing you want most.

Now go back to the first paragraph and replace the word “audition” with “query letter.” Do it. It will be eye-opening, I promise.

Most actors think that their job is acting in plays. Wrong! Their job is auditioning. The fruit of their labor is a part in a play. It’s the same with authors. Your job is not writing a book. Yes, in order to query a book you need to have written one, and a good one at that. But…

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4 thoughts on “Query Letter: Your Book’s Audition

    […] indicated in a re-blogged post by Laura Lee Anderson, Query letter: Your Book’s Audition, trying to get published is serious business.  I’ve proven the seriousness of that business, […]


    Laura Lee Anderson said:
    March 8, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Thanks so much for the reblog!


      boomer98053 responded:
      March 8, 2015 at 4:29 pm

      And thank YOU for the timely advice.


    Jill Weatherholt said:
    March 8, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    I loved this, Irene. Thank you so much for reposting. This is wonderful advice.


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