Cook Up a
My mother-in-law could take flour, lard, salt and water, work her magic and transform the
ingredients into flaky pie crusts to die for.
In my hands, however, the dough was
more suitable for doorstops. I could make
anything else; just not pie crusts.
Queries are like that. They use the
same basic ingredients, but success is
all in the technique. The good news
is there is a recipe for a well-written query. It’s not a secret, and it can
be learned. By the way, agents and
editors receive lots of doorstops when
they’re really craving deliciously flaky
A query is a business letter designed
to whet the reader’s appetite for more
information. You don’t need to cram all