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Query Letters
Query Letters

Expert Query Letter Editing & Feedback Services

Crafting a compelling story is one thing—convincing an agent, publisher, manager or producer to read it is another. You need a team of smart, market-focused professionals who can ensure every detail of your query letter excels in getting your manuscript the attention it deserves.

Our expert editors:

  • Possess 50+ years’ combined fiction, nonfiction and screenplay editing experience
  • Boast editing expertise across the full range of genres and subgenres
  • Are full-time employees of DLA (no freelancers)

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Query Letter Editing & Feedback

This exceptionally valuable service sets us apart. It includes all Query Letter Editing and Query Letter Proofreading services and adds detailed, objective feedback that address:

  • Consistency, Engagement and Clarity of Ideas
  • Narrative Voice and Style
  • Structure and Organization
  • Pacing and Flow
  • Genre- and Subgenre-Specific Recommendations
  • Explanations of Suggested Edits
  • Points of Confusion
  • Missing Information
  • Overall Strengths and Weaknesses

Query Letter Editing

DLA’s proprietary version of “copyediting,” this service includes all Query Letter Proofreading. With it, we will also make or indicate the specific corrections to be made relating to:

  • Consistency, Engagement and Clarity of Narrative Style and Tone
  • Consistency, Engagement and Clarity of Voice
  • Conciseness, Flow and Transitions
  • Paragraph and Sentence Structure
  • Repetition/Redundancy
  • Advanced Word Choice (Connotation and Rhythm)
  • Passive Voice
  • Genre- and Subgenre-Specific Editing
  • Adherence to AP, APA, Chicago, MLA, Turabian or Publisher-Specific Guidelines

Query Letter Proofreading

With this service, we identify and correct mistakes in basic English usage. It covers:

  • Punctuation
  • Grammar
  • Singular vs Plural
  • Subject-Verb Agreement
  • Typographical Errors
  • Spelling Errors (Non-Subject-Specific)
  • Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement
  • Verb Tense
  • Basic Word Choice (Denotation)
Tips for an Outstanding Query Letter

Taking a serious, professional approach to writing your query letter communicates to the agent, publisher, manager or producer that your manuscript is worth their time and consideration.

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From the style and tone of your query letter to both following and bending the rules of compelling letter writing, we know what it takes to get the details right—and your query letter ready to get you noticed.

Still have questions? See a list of our frequently asked questions or give us a call at 877-454-4957.

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