Creating a query package is a form of direct marketing. Georgia Beaverson has 25 years of experience writing direct marking letters for a variety of businesses. She knows how to sell something in print, what attitude makes a query successful, and how to organize a letter to make it an effective tool. She sold her first novel herself, without an agent, using these techniques. Her query letter lifted her manuscript out of the slush pile. She has edited children’s books for Albert Whitman & Co. and the Wisconsin Media Lab and taught at Write by the Lake, SCBWI conferences, and Hamline University.