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Chris Parris-Lamb of the Gernert Company

Agent Advice

Posted 10.17.13

What type of query letter piques your interest?

The Gernert Company
136 East 57th Street
New York, NY 10022

One that's as well written as the book itself. Even better is one that's short, pithy, and demonstrates the author's understanding of, and aspirations for, how the book will be received as part of the literary and cultural conversation. I'm much more interested in knowing why an author wrote something and what kinds of books and authors inspired her, than I am in a lengthy synopsis. The latter should take no more than one paragraph.

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