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dustinkh 12-14-2016 02:03 PM

Query Style
 
Hey folks,

I kinda did things backwards. I have friends in the industry, and was able to get representation via that connection. I couple of years ago I was offered a position in Europe that I had no business ignoring, as I was poor as hell in LA and the salary was rad.

Unfortunately, my manager decided it was too difficult to work with me internationally, and my agent went into literature exclusively a few months ago.

So, I'm learning how to blind query now. So far, I simply use "Inquiry" in my subject line, and request an opportunity to properly query in the body. If I send to twenty people, I generally get five responses back. No bites thus far, but I knew it'd be difficult.

I'm still not sold on how I do things though. I'm trying to up my responses, and was hoping I might be able to get some insight from people that have had a level of success with their emailing approach.

Thanks in advance.

Cheers.

Levenger 12-14-2016 02:45 PM

Re: Query Style
 
Here's what I do that's been working (reasonably) well.

Subject: [title]--[genre]

[Name],

I've written a script I think you might be interested in. It's a [genre]; X meets Y.

Logline:

If you'd like to read, I'd be happy to send it right over.

Thanks,
[your name]

Northbank 12-14-2016 03:45 PM

Re: Query Style
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by dustinkh (Post 944929)
So far, I simply use "Inquiry" in my subject line, and request an opportunity to properly query in the body.

Don't send a request to send a query, just query. You don't need permission to query, only to send material. "No Unsolicited Submissions" means no scripts, material etc., not the initial query.

Jimmy 12-14-2016 05:53 PM

Re: Query Style
 
I use "Genre -- TITLE" in the subject line.

"Dear ____"

"Logline: ____"

"Pitch: ____"

"Thank you!"


Anything about you "thinking they'll be interested" or "if you like it, I'll send it" is already implied. As soon as they see a Genre/Title/Logline they know the drill. Bare bones is all you need.

SBdeb 12-31-2016 04:24 PM

Re: Query Style
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Northbank (Post 944933)
Don't send a request to send a query, just query. You don't need permission to query, only to send material. "No Unsolicited Submissions" means no scripts, material etc., not the initial query.

thanks for that clarification Northbank. I stupidly never put that together.


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