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The Great Query/Blurb Swap

Updated: Apr 19, 2022

Queries are hard. But believe it or not, you can learn how to improve your query writing skills!

One hard truth about writing is that the success of your 70,000 - 120,000-word novel often rides on the 200 words in your query letter. In the world of traditional publishing, your query letter is the only way to land an agent, no matter how brilliant your book is.

Similarly, whether you get a sale for self-published novels often comes down to how compelling your book blurb is.

But how do you craft that irresistible description?

There’s no magic formula, and it can feel impossible to condense your masterpiece into just a few words. But don’t lose faith. Learning how to write a compelling query or blurb is possible. A great way to learn how to do it is to give feedback to another writer, and getting feedback on your query/blurb is a great way to see it through fresh eyes.

So, why not join our query/blurb swap? We’ll match you with a writer in a similar category, genre, and whether you’re pursuing traditional or self-publishing. Then, all you need to do is swap with your new partner and give each other feedback to make those queries/blurbs shine!

Sign up closes on Monday, 9 May!


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