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    Query letter help

    Discussion in 'Publishing' started by Beckahrah, Oct 21, 2010.

    I found a 'mad lib' style query generator on an agent's website based on what makes him ask for partials. Surprisingly, it seems rather helpful:

    [protagonist name] is a [description of protagonist] living in [setting]. But when [complicating incident], [protagonist name] must [protagonist's quest] and [verb] [villain] in order to [protagonist's goal].

    That got me:

    Anaiiya is a half demon, half Guardian urchin living with the gargoyle tribe she saved from murderous zealots. But when her Nephilim father sets a trap to force her to choose between her two natures, Anaiiya must put her adopted gargoyle family in even greater danger to prevent a war between Man and the Mystic Races.


    It's not perfect, but it's a good jumping off point, I think
     
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    I'm not sure if this is just a review or a general info helping thread, but as I can see that is just one structure that could be used, but may not be the most ideal.
     
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    It's clearly a general info helping thread, because if she were asking for opinions on the result, I would be forced to remove the thread.
     
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    No, I'm not asking for opinions on the results. I just thought this might be something helpful for people struggling with their query letters. It's not perfect, but I think it gives a good idea of where to start from.
     
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    Beckahrah, I think it looks like an extremely useful little widget, considering how stupidly difficult these seemingly rock-bottom simple things should be!! Could you post a link to the agent's website? Strikes me that if you're stuck for plots one day, you could also just enter in random words or names and see what you get, I love generators like this :p
     
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    I'd like to post a link, but Cogito won't allow it. :p It's Nathan Bransford's blog, though. Do a Google search and you should be able to find it. He has lots of stuff on his site about writing synopses and query letters and everything else.
     
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    Ahh, I see ;) fair enough then, thanks for the pointer :D
     

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