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How to Write a Great Query Letter: Insider Tips and Techniques for Success by [Lukeman, Noah]
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"Noah Lukeman, one of the top literary agents in New York, gave writers a great gift."
--James Frey (regarding The Plot Thickens)

"This will certainly help writers of any kind defeat rejection and possibly score." (regarding The First Five Pages)

Many books have been written about the query letter. But few have been written by literary agents, who receive thousands of queries each year and who grapple with them on a daily basis. Even fewer books have been written by literary agents who are currently active, who are willing to write from the trenches and offer their perspective on why they reject query letters, and why they accept them.

During his last 16 years as a literary agent, New York literary agent Noah Lukeman, President of Lukeman Literary Management Ltd and author of three critically-acclaimed books on the craft of writing, has read thousands of query letters. Now, for the first time, he offers his insights on the query letter, sharing an insider's perspective, giving insights and practical tips about what works and what doesn’t.

"Lukeman’s advice is practical—and often entails multiple, time-consuming steps—without a hint of the flakiness that creeps into many writing guides."
--Publishers Weekly (regarding The Plot Thickens)

This 100,000 word file also includes for free two of Noah Lukeman’s other books--How to Land (and Keep) a Literary Agent and Ask a Literary Agent.

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An invaluable resource for anyone looking for insider information on the publishing world. Mr. Lukeman knows his stuff and he delivers the information in a clear and conversational manner. He never claims to have a magic formula for success, rather, speaking for many years of experience, provides many examples of what has worked, and what has failed.
I'll probably read this over many more times!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1c1e3f0) out of 5 stars Straight Forward Feb. 21 2008
By Robert Meacham - Published on
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I have been tossing around the idea about sending a query letter.First, I had to stumble upon who to send it to and then after feeling reasonably good about this agent's authenticity, I remembered seeing Mr. Lukeman's short, "How to Write a Great Query Letter."

Mr. Lukeman has mentored me and doesn't know it. I read this informative piece and became more confident in my desire to query.

This short does what the author intends, informs the reader completely with well grounded advice and tips .

Many thanks Mr. Lukeman

Robert A Meacham, author of amazon shorts, poetry, and suspense novel.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1c1e618) out of 5 stars It doesn't get any easier than this.... April 2 2008
By Shannon L. Yarbrough - Published on
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Ah, the dreaded query letter. It's sad to think that a tiny introduction letter of your work can be the fine line between an author and literary representation. It's also sad because most authors don't enjoy writing them or don't know how. I was one of those writers only until recently. I've spent most of this year sending out query letters; I've gotten some rejections and am still waiting to get some responses.

I only wish I would have come across this free download a few months ago. Lukeman's information here is precise and very informative. Any aspiring writer who is thinking about querying in the near future should definitely download it.

By reading agent blogs and websites, you'll quickly discover that every agent is different in what they want. Lukeman touches on that here as well. Some want the first 5 pages. Some want 20. Some want an outline. Others only want a letter. Lukeman's advice definitely helps an author to be prepared up front in order to meet deadlines and stay on top of agent replies.

I will definitely be pulling out my copy of this download next time I'm ready to start querying again. It's better than anything I've read on the market today as far as "how to's" for writers go. Thank you Noah Lukeman for making it a free asset!
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1c1e87c) out of 5 stars Not very good at all. Oct. 3 2010
By Tammi Labrecque - Published on
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The "advice" in this book is almost entirely the opposite of all the advice being put forth by working agents in the many helpful blogs available on the internet now. It feels like a book that was written some time ago and "updated" without much updating actually being done. (There's a reference to President Obama in there somewhere; it is the only thing in the book that feels at all timely. Advising against dot-matrix printers? In 2010? A single reference to the internet (platform might include a "major internet presence")? Really?)

It's also riddled with small but very annoying errors: the use of "pouring" instead of "poring," the use of an apostrophe in the possessive "its," the misuse of the phrase "beg the question" - I would be more likely to take advice about how to get published from someone who didn't make these kinds of errors.

About the only thing I took away from it was "be as brief as possible," which is really not a new piece of advice.

This was a Kindle freebie, and worth the price.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1c1ec9c) out of 5 stars A Generous Offering May 6 2008
By Alan B. - Published on
Put simply, this man has written a generous text from which I benefited greatly. I felt the entire time that it had been written by a sincere person who truly wanted to lend a helping hand (and it's free!). I will be taking the advice shared in this book.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1c1e918) out of 5 stars questionable advice Sept. 2 2010
By Tiger Gray - Published on
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I appreciate this book being available for a low price and in an e-book format, but I think it includes some advice that might actually harm an aspiring writer.

Yes, a query should focus on one character only. Maybe two. But to not give your protagonist a name? The purpose of a query letter is quite simple: to get the recipient to read the novel. If you give that person nothing to invest in--for example, a character with a voice, someone larger than life--then you've accomplished nothing.

I think there is perhaps more dynamic, accurate information available on agent and editor websites, and while I don't discourage people from using this e-book, I do recommend a grain of salt. Don't let this book be your only source. When you're courting an agent, personalize, personalize, personalize.