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I don’t officially open to queries until August 1st of this year, but if you’re curious about my tastes you can check out the following site: http://hilaryharwellwrites.tumblr.com/

Until then I’ll be managing the general KT Literary query inbox (queries@ktliterary.com) and taking referrals from the other KT agents.

I’m looking forward to reading all of your beautiful projects when I do open in August! Have a great summer!

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!