The agent query letter – its really a love letter

She’s at her desk and this envelope drops on her desk – hand addressed (or worse – computer labeled which means the guy sent out a thousand of these)
She opens it. The SASE drops out. She reads the first two lines.
This is it, you have two sentences. If there is a grammatical error, or misspelling you are sunk.
If you sent a sci-fi query to a children’s book agent, you are sunk.
What are you going to put in those first two sentences that will lure her in… entice her to read more. You can’t shock her, she’s seen it all.
And when she’s pleased with the grammar, the content, the wording can you show in so few words that your book is full of interesting conflict, dynamic characters and has a great ending? Can you, in one page, make her scribble on your letter “I’m interested send first three chapters”?
What are you going to do? You are going to work on those first two sentences for a week and the letter for three.
“Hey, it’s an email” Doesn’t matter you have maybe three sentences tops.
Your story is not unique, there are only so many plots. Your style is not known to the world, who cares about your prose?
But your query must be awesome.
What would encourage you to keep reading? You only have two sentences to get her to like you and one page to win her over.
What will you…. write.

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About 3by3 writing method

The author of 12 books, half of them textbooks, two novels and three self help. has struggled with his challenges of completion, distractions, plotting and writers block. Finally after getting stopped I stopped and analyzed what was going on and spent a lot of introspection, research and reading trying to locate the source of these issues. The result of was the 3by3 writing method - a three step program to start and then continue the process of completing a story all the way to publication.
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