Tuesday, July 6, 2010

To Link or Not to Link - That is the Question...

So, I've debated with this for awhile - whether or not to add a link to this Writer's Corner blog inside my query letters. On one hand, I didn't want to bug the agents, or give them more information than they needed/requested. On the other hand, this blog is a little piece of me, and could potentially give them more insight into my writing life.

In the end, I've decided to add the link. *nervously waves to agents possibly reading this entry right now* Nothing too obvious - just the link, in small font, at the end of my contact information, at the end of the letter. I made my decision after reading through some excellent agent blogs and writer blogs. Their general consensus was that adding a link to a query letter wouldn't hurt. If nothing else, it gives the agent a little peek into the life of the potential client. And, a blog is more personal and relaxed than the query letter (which can feel almost stilted, because of its professional nature).

I'm not entirely convinced that adding the link to my queries is helpful - but, I figure, if the agents are curious, they'll click. If they're too busy or don't care either way whether a writer has a blog, they won't. Nothing lost, either way...

So, readers, what do you think? Does adding a link to the blog hurt or help your chances of getting representation from an agent? I'd love to hear your thoughts...


  1. I think it's a good thing. I agree with your words - - if they take the time to click the link, they'll discover more than just the "formal" you. They'll see that you'd be easy to work with.

    Just my humble opinion.

  2. Good point, Becky - I think agents can get a sense of personality through someone's blog that they couldn't get from a query letter...

  3. Do include the link. If an agent is interested in your work, she'll want to check out your personality, too. Best of luck with your queries!

  4. Thanks, Deb! I'm getting some good bites so far! :-)

  5. Yes....and no. Yes, because an agent can discover more of who you are from your entries.
    No, mainly because of 'privacy' and will that hinder your willingness to discuss agent issues in general with those who comment.