I'm getting ready to send out my (very first!) query letter to a literary agent. While I've done a bit of research on what to include in a query, I am still brand new to this and any advice is appreciated. I open the letter by addressing the agent (Dear Mr ___) Then I say: Below is a query for my novel The next paragraph is a brief blurb that reads like a back book cover (very brief overview, the "hook", I guess you could call it) The second paragraph provides a slightly more detailed summary of the plot Now the third paragraph is where I really need the help. I know I'm supposed to say a bit about myself, and here's what I said (again, any advice is appreciated) I leave open the possibility of a sequel for this story, though this novel can absolutely stand on its own, as the storyline within it is resolved. Elizabeth Griffin (the heroine of my novel) is a very relatable character to me, in that we are both 25 year old females with insecurities and feelings of abandonment related to our pasts. Unfortunately, I have never had a book published before, nor have I ever sought publication. I have, however, been writing creatively since I was seven-years-old - it has been my lifelong dream to become a published author, and I have worked nearly my entire life towards that goal. I read more books every year than I can count, and I have especially always been fascinated with supernatural thrillers. I am constantly having others read my work and am always open to any criticism, which I feel only makes me a stronger writer. I believe that I have a knack for words, a keen eye for detail, and a vivid imagination that translates well onto paper. I would love to have the opportunity to prove my worth to you. Thank you very much for your time and consideration. The first five pages of the manuscript are enclosed. The full or partial manuscript is available upon request.