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Query Letter Review


Submission Guidelines

Make your first impression your best impression.  Your manuscript will never get a chance to shine, if your query letter doesn’t pass the test. Do away with fears about tone and correctly labeling your genre, and let us take a look for you. Your letter will be assessed by a real literary agent, then re-reviewed for tone, marketability and compatibility with your actual book.

You must submit:


1.Your one page query letter and a one page synopsis of your book in a single document.

2.Your query letter must have your full name and pen name, and contact information on the first page. Your contact information will not be shared with our readers.

3.File type: PDF only.  For help transferring your document to a PDF you may use this free service: ToPDF*

4, You must indicate that you would NOT like to be added to our Manuscript Giftlist database if you would like to opt out. Manuscript Giftlist is a database of query letters arranged, by genre, that is only accessible to working literary agents who are looking for new clients. If you do not opt out, your query letter will be indexed and an agent may contact you requesting to view your full manuscript.

What Happens Next?

Your query letter will be filed by category, topic and age range and then submitted to our readers for review. All query letter readers are retired agents, editors or other members of the publishing industry.

Your manuscript has 2 weeks to be processed.

The data for your query letter will be compiled into a 1 page chart of graphs that showcases your query’s overall quality, readiness for submission, marketability, and pertinent information regarding the appeal of your letter to actual agents.

You should receive your data sheet and Illuminovel stamp of review in 2-3 weeks. You may use this data sheet to improve the quality of your work.


 Your query letter and synopsis will only be shared with contracted readers affiliated with illuminovel.com. All readers have signed a Non- Disclosure Agreement for each submission they read–barring them from discussing, using, or sharing your manuscript content and general plot. Your submission will not be used for unauthorized purposes, shared, sold, or offered representation by Illuminovel.com as such violates our terms and conditions, as well as our personal ethics. We cannot and will not view or provide information about your full manuscript as to protect your first rights of publication. Please do not submit full manuscripts, both for your protection and ours. All queries and synopsis submitted will be permanently deleted from our offline database after 30 days if the client has requested not to be added to Manuscript Giftlist.  We will retain your date of submission, full name, title of your work and a copy of your NDA for reference in the occasion that you need to prove ownership of your ideas in a court of law.

*Illuminovel is not in anyway affiliated with ToPDF and use of their services is unrelated to Illuminovel.com and its affiliates. 

**Post beta period, this time will be extended to 30 days. 

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  • Target Audience Tips
  • Genre specific suggestions
  • Market Research Tips
  • Tone and Lexicon Checking
  • Catch your dream agent’s eye

Additional information

Weight2 lbs
Dimensions5 x 20 x 30 in