SECONDARY Mastering the Query Letter

If you're a writer looking to land either a literary agent or a publishing contract with a small press, you need a query letter. A query letter is a publishing cold call that sells both your manuscript and yourself as a writer. Learn how to structure your letter and avoid common mistakes, then draft and polish a letter that does your work justice. 

English teachers who aren't necessarily writers can bring these skills to the classroom, using query letters as a way for students to summarize key concepts in silent reading novels, as query letters can help students avoid summarizing plot and learn to focus on the character, stakes, and conflict.

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  • Ashley MacKenzie

    When Ashley D. MacKenzie isn't teaching French at North Surrey Secondary, she writes Young Adult fiction under her own name, and romance under a pen name. Her debut novel was published in 2018, and her work is represented by agent Laura Zats at Headwater Literary Management. Ashley also runs the pitch and blue pencil room at the Surrey International Writers' Conference, is fluent in Twitter pitch contest, and is quite alright with writing being her most all-consuming hobby.