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Make It Catchy

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Grab a literary agent's attention with a query letter that stands out from the slush pile.

"Marta took my query from good to incredible. We cut words, switched sentences, and while we made it shorter, it certainly had a greater pull - amounting in seven full requests." - H.F.

Award-winning author Marta Acosta gives you ten practical tips that will dramatically improve your query letter and increase your chances of having literary agents request submissions. Acosta has had success with agents and publishers contacting her and offering book deals. But she's also been in the slush pile, received the rejections, and knows exactly what it feels like. She knows how to write a query letter that gets results. This guide is the way for her to share her knowledge and give an insider's perspective to anyone who aspires to be published.

This guide will show you: how to target your query to agents who'll be interested; how to avoid wasting your time with the wrong agents; how to refine every section of your query; and how to always move forward in your quest for an agent. You'll also learn the reasons behind tips, so you can understand how agents and editors think and what they want. You'll also learn how handle the stress of rejection, and not let it keep you from pursuing your goals.


"I noticed an immediate difference once I applied Marta's advice, which keys specifically to voice, in my query. In fact, I received three requests promptly with the new changes." - J. M. Blackman

"Marta gave me a gentle but thorough critique that helped me think about both my query and novel in different ways. Her advice contributed to a query that garnered several partial and full manuscript requests." - Sierra Godfrey

"Marta's insider knowledge led me to better understand how to write the best query letter possible. Her guidance was invaluable to me." - Lori T.


Used availability for Marta Acosta's Make It Catchy

Kindle Editions

June 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Make It Sizzle: How to Write a Great Query Letter: Ten Insider Tips to Help You Land a Literary Agent
Author(s): Marta Acosta
Publisher: Badinage Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA