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Rubbish to Published: Writing your query letter FIRST – Writing Stream Recap

Last stream we continued our Rubbish to Published series, where we start from absolutely nothing and create something “publishable.”

We did our worldbuilding in the previous stream, so this time we took the next step: writing our query letter.

A query letter is the letter you write to literary agents, telling them about your book and yourself. Typically you write it only once you’ve finished editing and polishing your book, but I like to do it earlier. If your goal is publication, then it’s good to have your eye on the prize from the very beginning.

I talk about this more in detail in my Tips-y Tuesday post. Here’s what we came up with for our query letter:

Click here to see the query letter for our story.

I’m honestly kind of surprised that our query letter came together so well. I thought we were going to be missing some conflict or character depth, but it all melded together perfectly. We get across the parody tone from the first paragraph, and then go full ham with it.

If I were a literary agent, I’d definitely want to snatch this story up!

After that we moved on to today’s prompt, and chat voted for this one submitted by Zealls: “You teach “How to use the internet for seniors”. You were quite baffled when Dracula and his friends showed up. Apparently you really are never too old to learn.”

This one could go in a lot of different directions (ie: do we start at the beginning, middle, or end of the course), and have a lot of fun details. As always, chat pulled through with some great suggestions, and I love where our story ended up.

You can read our story here.

If you want to join us and help write a story by trolling in chat, or share your own writing for feedback, then we’d love to have you. We stream on Twitch every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 7:30pm-9:30pm (U.S. Eastern Standard Time).

And you missed the stream, you can still watch Rubbish to Published or the writing prompts on YouTube, or watch the full stream reruns until Twitch deletes them.

Hope to see you next time, friend!

Scott Wilson is the author of the novel Metl, forthcoming November 2018.

Featured image: Pakutaso

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