On Writing: Cover Letters


June 29, 2015 by Laird

Tina Jens has written an essay about cover letters at Black Gate. She lays it all out quite thoroughly. My two cents: If you have pro credits, you already know what to put in a cover letter. If you don’t have pro credits, Tina cuts to the chase.

Dear Black Gate editors, [If the market’s website lists the editor’s name, go with that.]

Enclosed is my story “The Orc’s Ascension.” It is 2,500 words long.

Thank you for your time.

Tina Jens

It’s this simple.

3 thoughts on “On Writing: Cover Letters

  1. Fenris Technique says:

    What about the part where you talk about where you live, what inspires you, and your cats?

  2. Laird says:

    That kind of cover letter should be six pages long, single-spaced, and addressed to Nick Mamatas, wherever he is working these days.

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