Friday, May 20, 2022

Query Breakdown: The Subject Line


In theory, the subject line should be the simplest part of the query process. 

And it is- as long as you don't overcomplicate it. 

You ask.Well.....

Say my book is titled "The Adventures of John Smith."

Typical wisdom would have us include a email subject line that says

                                     Query: The Adventures of John Smith

Easy-peasy. Of course, it's always good to read the directions of the agent your querying. Perhaps, they prefer

                                    Query: The Adventures of John Smith Attn: Agent of my dreams


                                    The Adventures of John Smith, YA Adventure, 98K

What we shouldn't be seeing is:

                                    The Adventures of John Smith- the best book you've ever read 

                                    Want to make $$$$$: Rep The Adventures of John Smith


                                For a limited time only: For your 👀's ONLY- The Adventures of John Smith


While a large part of the query is selling your book, you want to be carefully about the impression you leave on your prospective agent. Above all, you want to come off as professional, confident, and as someone who can follow simple instructions.

Happy Querying!


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