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Title: NF PB Query letter examples?
Post by: frederick-thurber on March 26, 2022, 07:34 AM
Can anyone point me to an example of a non-fiction PB pitch/query letter?   Ideally a query for a STEM/STEAM biography.  I think I have a good handle on the contents I need to include in the query letter, but I do not know how to format it.  I have 2-3 STEM biography type of manuscripts and will be ready to submit the first once I get the text reviewed by some academic experts in the scientific field I am writing about.
Title: Re: NF PB Query letter examples?
Post by: Vijaya on March 26, 2022, 07:58 AM
Hmmm, I thought I'd posted some samples here, but I can't find them. But never mind, my queries tend to be pretty short. See: https://vijayabodach.blogspot.com/2016/09/query-letters-personal-journey.html 
I begin with a hook, the scope, and why I want to write the book. Previous creds and that's about it. Never more than a page. Good luck!
Title: Re: NF PB Query letter examples?
Post by: RebeccaL-G on March 26, 2022, 09:07 AM
For a longer nonfiction piece you often write a proposal as part of your query, but with a picture book you'd likely have finished the manuscript draft, so you'd be querying a completed project.
So, start with a hook for interest, your pitch of the manuscript, a short bio of yourself, and mention but don't list any other manuscripts you have available (In addition to insert fabulous title, I have two additional completed nonfiction picture book manuscripts with STEM topics).
You might want to Google Picture Book Party, run by the fabulous Mindy. She runs a yearly contest and winners' queries are posted.
Good luck!
Title: Re: NF PB Query letter examples?
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on March 26, 2022, 06:09 PM
There are a bunch of queries up right now for PBParty. You can see which are in the right genre and how many requests they have from the participating agents and editor here: https://mindyalyseweiss.com/pbparty-2022-finalists/.
Title: Re: NF PB Query letter examples?
Post by: frederick-thurber on March 26, 2022, 07:09 PM
There are a bunch of queries up right now for PBParty. You can see which are in the right genre and how many requests they have from the participating agents and editor here: https://mindyalyseweiss.com/pbparty-2022-finalists/.

Thanks Debbie!   This is perfect; there are some query letters there that  are great examples of what I want to say.

Title: Re: NF PB Query letter examples?
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on March 27, 2022, 07:08 PM
Timing is everything. I spent the last couple of days reading them myself.