I've agreed to give a presentation at Southern Magic's June meeting. Public speaking is not my forte, which is one reason I stopped teaching college English. But I can do it once for Christy, on a subject I know a thing or two about: query letters!
I plan to focus on the following topics, answering questions I get asked a lot in meetings:
1. How and when to query, including etiquette
2. How to write the beginning and end of the letter
3. How to write the heart of the letter, the two-paragraph book summary that drives so many people insane
I'll have lots of examples of queries I wrote that did and didn't work. Do you have any suggestions or questions that I can work into the presentation? If there's something you've always wondered about, I can try to find an answer for you from an agent or editor between now and the end of June.
***BEST OF ALL****, I'm responsible for the June door prize, which will include a freshly printed copy of THE BOYS NEXT DOOR, due out the following Tuesday. Y'all come!