Moving quickly along....
So, in preparation for the Pitch Opportunity next month, the next few lessons are going to concentrate on advice and the breakdown of a good query. I hope that next month your query will pass with flying colors. What about you? Do you need help and advice for making your query even better? Then, let's do it!
By the way. Monday the 14th, I'll be posting a query dissection and the agents have graciously agreed to take the query sample apart and talk about what works for them, and what doesn't work in the query. So make sure you visit then. The rest of the week will be dedicated to to YOUR query and the chance to get a get critique and great feedback to help improve your query.
Now, back to the tips.
The first paragraph of the query needs to introduce the main character in an interesting way and finish the first paragraph with the inciting incident. Who is your main character and why are you writing a story about him or her? What makes this MC interesting, that I would want to read about him or her? Make it unique and attentin grabbing.
Oh. Tomorrow we'll go more in depth about making your hook super sweet.
Now, if you have your first paragraph written and have included your main MC, a splattering of backstory without being boring and ended with the inciting moment, you are ready for paragraph TWO! yay!
Here we go. In the 2nd paragraph, you need to add the conflict and mix it with a little of the setting details. Add in a bit of the stakes involved and AVOID cliches. Accomplish this, and you are 2/3 finished with your query. Woot, woot! You may only need a few words of backstory and setting, but if you can do that, your 2nd paragraph is finished.
Where do you go after you introduce the character and the conflict? Well, the next thing you need is to add the choice. What are the choices your MC has to make? Is there a multitude of choices? Does the choice he or she needs to make come with consequences?
End ths 3rd paragraph with the stakes involved. If you MC has consequences no matter what choice they make, find a clever way to leave the agent hanging.
Any questions about your query?
Do you have anything to add or comment or suggest? Please do!