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Title: Query letter review. Need some help
Post by: PWeiner1 on July 22, 2021, 01:30:51 PM
Hi,

I am in the process of writing my query letter for agents for Children's Books. The blurb part is challenging, and I am not sure the protagonists are identified enough and if an agent would want to read more. Find the query letter below. Thanks


Dear Agent/ Editor,
 
I am seeking representation for Lea and Otto, my 268-word children’s picture book manuscript.

Lea and Otto is a story about the power of friendship. Lea isn’t noticed by the other kids at summer camp until she meets Otto. Otto is no ordinary friend but an orangutan. He doesn’t know how to find his home. Lea is determined to help Otto. The words inside her head remind her, it’s not every day you meet a new friend. It has appeal for fans of friendship stories like “Lost and Found” by Oliver Jeffers or “To The Sea” by Cale Atkinson, as well as “Oliver and Patch.” by Claire Freedman and Kate Hindley. The full manuscript is attached.

I am a member of the SCBWI and co-author of an article, Hints for Going to a Conference, for the fall 2016 SCBWI Bulletin. I have created numerous illustrations and graphics for magazines such as Management Review, MacArtist Gallery, Simplex-Communication Spotlight. My experience with design studios and major educational publishers includes Oxford University Press, Pearson Education, Scholastic, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and others. I have been a technical instructor at Wentworth Institute of Technology and Montserrat College of Art.

Please note that this is a simultaneous submission. Additional picture book manuscripts are available. Thanks for your time and consideration.
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Title: Re: Query letter review. Need some help
Post by: LenaMvx on September 24, 2021, 06:15:40 AM
Hi!
Have you done your research about the agents you're querying/editors to include that in your letter? I would highly recommend reading Reedsy's course on query letters, I knew nothing about them and thought it was very helpful.