Publishing 101: The Query

Nail your query letter and get the literary agent of your dreams

You think you’ve done the hard part by writing a book, but landing an agent is the next big hurdle to leap over. Writers’ HQ’s online query writing course will help you prepare for sending your manuscript out into the big wide world of publishing.

First impressions count, and your query letter is the first part of a book submission an agent will look at.

How do you summarise a 70,000+ novel in the space of just a few paragraphs? How do you grab the attention of the literary agent of your dreams? How do you make sure your submission doesn't end up at the bottom of the slush pile?

Well that's what we're gonna teach you. Learn how to write a killer query letter and give yourself the best chance of an agent saying "Yes, yes, yes! Send me your book!"

Discover the dos and don'ts of query writing, fine-tune your cover letter to perfection, and summarise the living heck out of your story.


An intriguing, snappy, polished query letter that you can tailor to suit each agent you send it to.


Get feedback and support from our lovely little online community to help you through the query writing process.


If you need MOAR help then howsabout going the full monty with our companion courses: Finding an Agent and Writing the Synopsis?

Publishing 101

Cindy Kessler

Short and sweet!

Yet another course that makes the magic seem less intimidating and more manageable. Looking forward to the next one!

Eva Cheek

Top Notch

This painless little course helped trim my query into something far more digestible. Here's to hoping it makes all the difference to my submissions. Thanks a gazillion!

Claire Wade

Amazing, amazing, amazing!

Everything you need to put together your query with awesome support!