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Once again I’m sharing some insights on constructing successful query letters. This week the focus is on clarity in your query, both in terms of your line-level writing and also in terms of conveying the meat of your story in a clear, concise way. Too often the important plot elements get bogged down in explanation, backstory, too much world-building, etc., so it’s important to really hone the focus of your pitch before querying. The most important things to convey in your query are the protagonist’s main goal, what’s keeping him/her from achieving it, and what’s at stake if he or she doesn’t succeed. If an agent can’t see this clearly, it will likely lead to a pass. To review the actual query letter and my critique, please visit the KT Literary blog!

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Each week at KT Literary, one of the agents or myself takes on a query critique for writers who’ve volunteered for assistance. This week, I addressed the issue of tackling dual POV projects in the clearest way possible. Here’s the link if you’re looking for insight on how best to do this. If you’d like to have your query critiqued, please send it to AboutMyQuery@ktliterary.com, and we’ll get back to you shortly!