Sample picture book query pdf 1 page. Several responding editors advised me not to query for picture books.
This query made the editor ask for the manuscript.
Picture book query letter sample. I ve had a book by katie van camp and illustrated by lincoln agnew called harry and horsie on my recommended reading list for a while. My first picture book query letter. Query tips no one tells writers from literary agent carly watters.
Query tips from author artist zoologist jess keating. Thank you for your time and consideration. 1 2 paragraphs about your book what your book s about and why a reader will love it.
Introductory sentence include your purpose for writing you re seeking representation book title wordcount genre. If you haven t picked it up yet i m sorry for you because you re missing out. It s an example of a great picture book with an outside the box friendship hook.
The magical lemon tree recipe book is a middle grade contemporary fantasy novel complete at 56 000 words with series potential and will appeal to fans of the truth about twinkie pie and the peculiar incident on shady street. I am a member of scbwi and the author of a children s picture book. Writing a query letter advice from young adult author kat cho.
Write the pitch of your picture book query in the same voice you use in your book. That greedy goat just cannot stay rough illustration 2 by marie law tweet above image. This query helped her hook an agent which led to this book s sale.
Write a query letter in 3 easy steps. Children s book editor jenn bailey stresses the power of voice in a query. The stories i sent garnered personal notes from eleven editors.
Today i m featuring debut picture book author margaret chiu greanias who has graciously agreed to share her successful query letter for maximillian villainous running press kids 2018. I have enclosed an sase for your reply. A brief note about you who you are and why you wrote the book.
I ve got some monstrously good news. Do you use playful language. I look forward to hearing from you.
At least one of those editors also asked to see a story the 20 positive responses included requests for a total of 43 manuscript copies. Though maximillian villainous isn t out until august you can click here to. I have also had stories published in children s magazines.
I started badly wrote a long winded query to one of the top picture book agents steven malk. Query letters that worked sub it club features the letter of author margaret chiu greanias as a successful example of a query. A genuine query letter.
Remember the old saying there is more than one way to skin a cat if you read the sample query below and check out the information sources offered in this article you will realize there are many different ways to write a successful query letter. Picture book query sample. The best picture books have a voice that speaks to children and brings the story to life and you should extend it to your query letter.
Result was a quick rejection. Query got her an agent and publisher.