I prefer email queries.
It will help if you read the FAQ page before sending a query.
General help on how to write an effective query is available on the QueryShark blog.
What to do:
Send a query letter with the first 3-5 pages of the novel or memoir pasted below to: Janet@JetReidLiterary (dot com)
The pages should be in the body of the email, NOT as an attachment.
The subject line should read: Query for (insert title of your project)
A query letter for fiction needs to include the following:
1. a description of the book that entices me to read the full manuscript
(help on how to do this is available on the QueryShark blog)
2. word count
3. your best estimate of the category of the project
(one category, not more, and you can leave out the "with elements of")
4. If you have previous publication credits, include those
A query for non-fiction project, must:
(1) tell me about the project: what problem you are solving with this book.
(2) tell me about your credentials: why you are the right or best person to write this book.
(3) What market niche the project serves: who will buy the book.
Specifics are better than generalities.
Example: "sales people making cold calls" rather than "everyone in sales"
Example: "people interested in overlooked history" rather than "everyone interested in World War 2"
(4) Your platform. How do people already know you and hear about your books?
Example: social media; your newsletter; speaking engagements; regular contributor to websites, blogs
or other media
Memoir, although non-fiction, is acquired and sold like a novel so use the guidelines for a novel.
You don't need to write a proposal for a memoir.
No matter your circumstances, I need a query letter. If you're a previously published writer, or someone I met at a conference, or even a writer I've had previous conversations with about the book you're querying, I still need a query.
Actively seeking: Domestic suspense; crime fiction.
Looking for: Thrillers; mysteries; commercial fiction; literary fiction.
NOT looking for: science fiction; fantasy; speculative fiction; horror; westerns; romance.
Actively seeking: middle grade non-fiction; picture book non-fiction both in the areas of history and biography.
Looking for:adult biography; history; science.
I love books about maps and buildings, and topics that provide a new way to see and evaluate the world.
NOT looking for: self-help; personal growth; parenting; health.
I am also not looking for screenplays, or poetry.
I do not take on books that have already been published.
I respond to all queries, generally within 30 days.
If you have not heard back in 30 days, check the post on Query Letter Diagnostics for help.
When in doubt, query me. I'd rather see something that's not right for me than miss something fabulous.
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