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Query Perfection: Reviewing Christopher Kokoski’s ‘Query Letter Swipe File’

This is a kick-ass tool for your traditional publishing arsenal. This is “query letter how-to” meets “plug-and-play”. In Query Letter Swipe File, Christopher Kokoski once again delivers clear, no-nonsense guidance on an integral part of traditional publishing: the query letter.

What Will You Learn?

Query Letter Swipe File breaks down the components of a solid query letter and then compartmentalizes them so that you can fill in the blanks based on your particular story. By presenting the information in a way that is flexible and easy to customize, Kokoski shows his deep understanding of how varied the literary world can be. Many authors still attempt to teach people with a one-size-fits-all approach.

How Is Information Presented?

The format is easy and quick to read / swipe through (hence the title). This is a fantastic book to have in your physical and digital library as a go-to reference for every query letter you’ll ever write. The paragraphs are short and casual. The language is easy to understand and doesn’t get bogged down in a bunch of technical jargon that slows down or confuses readers of some non-fiction. I truly believe that just about anyone could pick up this book and write a decent query letter–even if they’ve never done it before (like me!).

 

What Should You Look Out For?

It looks like there were a few typos present that may catch you off guard upon first reading, but it’s easy to get past them because of how the templates are set up. For example, in template #4 (the one I used for the query letter I’ve included), the copy read:

In [BESTSELLING AUTHOR IN YOUR GENRE] meets
[BESTSELLING BOOK OR MOVIE IN YOUR GENRE], this
story blends [GENRE COMPONENT], [GENRE
COMPONENT] and [GENRE COMPONENT] with [GENRE
COMPONENT].

So, as written, if completed, this section of my query letter might read:

“In Stephen King meets IT, this story blends childhood trauma, horror, and mystery with fantasy.”

which doesn’t make a lot of sense. But I believe he meant that you might say something like:

“In Stephen King’s novel IT, childhood trauma, horror, and mystery are blended with fantasy.”

What Will You LOVE About This Book?

The standout feature of Query Letter Swipe File is definitely the list of words and phrases that you can insert into the templates as you please. This means that Kokoski has done all the heavy lifting for you concerning how to word the openings, endings, and transitions that you’ll need to strengthen your query letter. I love it when instructions and tasks are made as simple as possible, and Kokoski has definitely done that in this book!

 

Final Verdict: 5 / 5 stars ⭐ ⭐ 

Query Letter Swipe File by Christopher Kokoski is fully loaded with everything you need to quickly and easily get a query letter constructed that will help you present your work in the best way possible.

Full Disclosure

I am a self-published author ONLY! I have never had to write a query letter and don’t know that I will ever have the desire or need to. However, in order to review this book, I did actually write a short query letter for Show Her using a template that was included in the book. You can read it at the end of the review.

 

About the Author

Learn more about Christopher Kokoski on his website: www.ChristopherKokoski.com.

 

Sample Query Letter for Show Her

Dear Supre Agente,

 

Based on your interest in dystopian and romantic literature, Show Her would be a perfect piece for you to represent.

 

Erika Wogo knows how to live a life that is the envy of everyone around her. She meticulously maintains her outward appearance, adheres to her husband’s every demand without question, and even passes her knowledge of being a proper wife on to others who are willing and eager to learn how to become (and stay) married.

 

But when a co-worker confesses to having an affair with Erika’s husband, Erika’s world view is shaken and the countdown to Erika’s divorce–and permanent social ruin–begins. Erika knows that it is only a matter of time before her husband will formally end their “purchase agreement” and leave her divorced and tainted for the rest of her life.

 

With a mix of cunning, determination, and sophisticated bio-weaponry, Erika does all she can to defend her marriage and her reputation against her husband’s infidelity. But, as adept as she is at managing her rivals in love, her loyal followers, her public persona, and the ex-boyfriend who still loves her without question, she will inevitably have to face the consequences of her nefarious actions.

 

Show Her is a dystopian psychological thriller blended with science fiction and romance. Show Her is a complete novella at 23,320 words. Please note that this is a simultaneous submission.

 

Thank you for your time and consideration.

 

Sincerely,

T. L. Curtis

TLCurtis@Volo-Press.com

404-666-1126

 

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Marvel at the Twists of ‘Show Her’ by T. L. Curtis

Read author Michelle Phillips‘ 5-star review of Show Her on Goodreads

“I found this novella to be an interesting tale. The author creates a very unique way for the main character to tell us the history of her culture, that worked out very well. It is a strange world that she imagines, and you begin wondering how bad can it be, while marveling at the twists it takes in the telling. The future imagined by T.L. Curtis seems outrageous, yet it brings to mind the world of Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaids Tale”, and we know it can become all too real.
It is a world that you can easily get lost in!
I found this book to be well written, and the perfect length! I enjoyed it very much!”

 

Get your copy of Show Her at Amazon, AudibleiTunes, Barnes & Noble, or Smashwords.

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New Audio Book: Show Her

FINALLY: The ‘Show Her‘ audio book is available on Audible. If you’ve been keeping up with Volo Press on social media, you know this has been a long and arduous process, but now it’s done. You can even get Show Her for free when you start an Audible free 30-day trial. Entertain your ears now!

 

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Smashwords Now Carries Feign II: The Downfall by T. L. Curtis

Get free samples and purchase the full download of Feign II: The Downfall now at Smashwords!

 

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Want a discount? Get your digital copy of Feign II directly from Volo Press at Shop.Volo-Press.com/eBooks!

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Barnes and Noble Carries Feign II: The Downfall by T. L. Curtis

Barnes and Noble is now carrying paperback copies of Feign II: The Downfall by T. L. Curtis. Follow this link to get yours right now!

 

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Want a discount? You can also buy your paperback copy of Feign II: The Downfall direct at Shop.Volo-Press.com. If you register your email address, you’ll receive 10% off!

 

 

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Check Out Feign II at Langmanual.com

Feign II: The Downfall  has been rated and reviewed at Langmanual.com.

“Rating of three out of five ponderous stars. Feign Collection Book 2. Poetry book by T.L. Curtis.

With a tagline like “The Downfall” it’s hardly a wonder this book is filled with poems that are frankly, downers. They convey sorrow and hopelessness. No two ways about it. That said. Don’t be fooled about my opinion. This book really pleasantly surprised me. I’m generally NOT a fan of poetry or sad stories, in fact I’ve only ever bought one poetry book in my entire life, and not by choice, it was for a school assignment. But since I liked another book by this author (Show Her) so I wanted to give it a chance. This author seems to have a knack for ponderous content so I sought out her other published work. I wasn’t disappointed.”

Read the rest of the review at http://www.langmanual.com/post/2252467.

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New Release: Feign II: The Downfall by T. L. Curtis

Feign II: The Downfall by T. L. Curtis is out and ready for purchase! Follow the links below to get your copy today!

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Feign II: The Downfall is another brilliant collection of poetry brought to us by the sharp-tongued goddess of wit and real-talk.”
–Mackenna

 


Advance reviewers agree that Feign II is another varied, exciting, and powerful collection of poetry and lyrics from T. L. Curtis. Whether you are a veteran reader of poetry or don’t generally read poetry, you’ll be likely to find your next favorite piece in this anthology.

More reviewer comments:

“I felt inspired, happy and giddy while I read this book.” –Sara H.

“Even if you’re not into poetry, you might find yourself relating to the poems more than you thought you would; I know I did!” –Susan B.

“I was drawn in immediately by her interesting narrative and the upbeat rhythm of her words.” –Palmer C.

“…this “collection” tells a story, one of heartbreak and the dark depths to which we can fall when our world, our light, leaves us forever.” –Kenneth B.

“Feign II opens on a strong note with ‘I Hate Myself’, a powerful poem encapsulating the all too familiar feelings of self-doubt and self-loathing.” –Tara L.

“With Curtis’ powerful voice, I would recommend this book of poetry to people who would like a smooth introduction to the world of poetry!” –Melissa H.

“Relax, have a glass of wine, & enjoy “Feign II The Downfall”, by T.L. Curtis. Her collection of 20 poems gives us a glimpse into the many phases of love.” –Vickie D.

“This Book Feign ll: the Downfall proved to be a spectacular book of poetry that peeps right into the soul of the reader.” –Francesca M. (less)

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The Art of Feign II: Zarmeenazmet’s “Painless”

This illustrated interpretation of the song ‘Painless’ shows the spirit of the lyrics in a clear, yet creative, manner. You can order Feign II: The Downfall at Shop.Volo-Press.com. You can hire Zarmeenazmet at Fiverr.com/Zarmeenazmet.

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The Art of Feign II: S. Rowdy’s ‘Onward’

Here’s another interpretation of a Feign II haiku from artist S. Rowdy. Show your support by following on Tumblr: SRowdy.Tumblr.com.

 

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You can hire S. Rowdy for your next project at: Fiverr.com/SRowdy.

You can get your copy of Feign II: The Downfall at Shop.Volo-Press.com.