For the first
correspondence from an author, Axiom House only accepts a single
query letter embedded in an email note. Please use the link below.
● The length
should be comparable to a single type-written page in a standard 12
point font − single spaced. Do not include attachments.
● The first
one or two short paragraphs should summarize your book − it should
be your best writing, and designed to illicit excitement about your
project. Give some thought to the very first line of your query.
Ideally it should present an idea, which can be used to market your
book through the entire promotional chain.
● The next
short paragraph should include the length of your book − in words as
opposed to pages − and should mention your target audience. You may
also briefly mention comments from early reviews of your book, preferably
from impartial readers in your target audience.
● The final
few paragraphs should include:
▪ Education & occupation
▪ Your goals as a writer / level of commitment
▪ Experience in public speaking
▪ Ideas on the self-promotion of your work
After you have
completed your query and are ready to submit it, don't. Sleep on it
− or even take a few days. Review it carefully and make sure it is
your best work. Is it free from spelling errors? Have you overused a
word or been conceptually repetitious? Can it be improved?