I got these questions recently:

“I’ve seen websites that recommend using the agents’ first name on the ‘Dear…’ line, and other websites where they discourage this? What do you think?

Is it better to send a self-addressed, stamped envelope or a self-addressed, stamped postcard?  I’ve heard postcard and envelope. Is the trend more toward postcards?  What’s your take?”

I usually write the first and last name and do NOT use the “Dear” part. For example:

Joe Smith; instead of Dear Joe Smith;

I think this is appropriate and professional.  I think using just the first name is too casual considering you don’t know this person.  Also, using my method with both a first and last name avoids the gender issue, so you don’t have to worry about getting the “Mr.”, “Ms.”, or “Mrs.” wrong.

I always use a self-addressed stamped postcard when mailing query letters.  It’s easy and cheap for everyone involved.  The producer can simply write a quick note on the back of it and drop it in the mail.  With an envelope, even if it’s stamped, the producer still has to write a letter and stuff it in, which is a lot of work for a busy producer.  In this day and age make sure that your email address is on your query letter and easy to find because I’ve found that in most cases a producer will simply drop me an email if they want to read my script even if I’ve included a self-addressed stamped postcard.

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  1. The exception to the rule is if you’ve met the agent beforehand, I would think. I got an impromptu meeting with one once, and he asked to see my script.

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