Most writers experience sweaty palm terror when they first begin to write a query letter. Since misery loves company, I suggest you share a query exercise to help you, and everyone in your writing group, give up query fear.
Here's how it works. Regardless of whether or not manuscripts are complete, everyone writes a 350-word query letter and brings it to the meeting. Then, one by one, it's the "hot seat" experience. As each query is read, it's evaluated based on query information found on this website.
The purpose of this exercise is to encourage you to think through the bigger picture of your story as you reveal the protagonist's goal, obstacle (s), and resolution: a practice that often reveals plot or character issues that need to be addressed.
NOTE: Memoir writers: craft your query as if it's a fiction story. You can tweak it into standard memoir format later.
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