Query massage!

Yesterday was about HOW TO. Today: How NOT TO. What follows might make you feel (a lot) better about your own query letters.  If, however, either letter looks like yours, better start looking at the more positive aspects of your day job.

The title “Query massage!” was taken from the original email’s subject. I doubt if it was meant jokingly.

After all, I didn’t get a massage.

Below is another golden oldie.  Names and titles have been changed.


Have your query letters changed over the years?

Did they use to look anything like these examples?

Or more constructively: what did your most successful query letter have that others didn’t?


About the Author

Karel FG Segers

Karel Segers wrote his first produced screenplayat age 17. Today he is a story analyst with experience in international acquisition, development and production. He co-wrote Danger Close, the biggest budget Australian film of the decade, and has trained and consulted all over the world, including award-winners and Academy Award nominees. Karel ranks among the most influential people for screenwriting on social media, and speaks a handful of European languages, which he is still trying to find a use for in his present hometown of Sydney, Australia

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