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Chapter Forty-Eight

Basics of a Solid Three-Paragraph Query

How to Pitch Your Novel Like a Pro

Ann Rittenberg

Like many independent literary agencies, mine is small, with only two full-time people, one part-time person, and no more than fifty active clients at any given time. Yet even we receive at least fifty query letters every week. Potentially, we could replace our entire client list—which has been more than twenty years in the making—every week of the year. And at the end of each year, we’ve read, processed, answered, thrown away, cried over, winced at, yawned over, or gotten excited about nearly three thousand letters about as-yet-unpublished books. That number doesn’t include the e-mail queries—which we officially don’t accept but which ...

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