What are you looking for in a query letter? I get this question a lot, and while I can’t speak for all agents, I can give you a little insight into what I’m looking for. I promise I’m not asking for a lot. First up: The Opening A query letter is just that:
Jemiscoe, or Jem as she likes to be called, cannot say that reading and writing came naturally. Rather, these interests were inspired by pizza. At seven, her school offered free Pizza Hut and Shakey’s Pizza coupons as a reward for reading books, and Jem was sold. Eventually, the books held more interest than the pizza ever did. From reading, writing soon followed.