Hello, blog friends! It’s been a while since I’ve posted a query crit, so you’re in for a little treat today. Oh, and happy fall! Hope you all get to indulge in some pumpkin spiced goodness and read some creepy books. Have you seen Kim Liggett’s blurb for BLOOD AND SALT? (A super scary looking… Continue reading Query critique – YA commercial fiction
Original Query: Dear (Agent), Small-time thief, big-time troublemaker, Tristan Storey has been accused of a murder he didn’t commit. And is going to hang for it. With a rope squeezed tightly around his neck, Tristan knows it’s the end, but just as his consciousness flickers, lightning tears down from the sky. It smashes the gallows, freeing the thief.… Continue reading Query Critique
Publishing has a lot of jargon we take for granted because we’re around it ALL the time. Over the weekend I was asked a few questions, so here are some definitions if you’re seeing things floating around twitter or the blogosphere and feel out of the loop... Please note: This list isn’t all inclusive, so… Continue reading Say what? Publishing Terms Defined
Regular blog followers know I'm just beginning to query my latest shiny manuscript. So I thought I’d interject some humor for others who are, or have ever been a part of the query-go-round. Enjoy! Day in the writing life: Querying Phase Morning coffee Open special query email Gasp when you see 10 new messages Swear… Continue reading A Day in the Life: Querying Phase
Last week I posted some query letter tricks that I've learned over the last year or so, HOWEVER there's a weekly post you should check out on your own, by people in the biz. BookEnds (a fantastic literary agency) posts a query letter each Wednesday, then gives feedback on what works, and what doesn't. Be… Continue reading Query Letters Dissected By Those Who Know
Its been a little while since I last blogged about the wonderful world of writing. Since many of my blog readers, are...well, readers I try to keep the behind-the-scenes writing stuff to a minimum. You’re welcome, BTW 😉 That being said, I’ve gotten a few questions regarding query letters in recent weeks from friends, family,… Continue reading Query Letter Hell? Not Necessarily…The ABCs of #Query Writing Made Easy
While the majority of writers appear to be genuinely grateful for agents, others seem less enthused. I’ve read blog posts where agents are put right up there as Satan’s right hand man or woman. They sit back in their office on the 32nd floor of a Manhattan high-rise, grab a cup of coffee and then… Continue reading Literary Agents, a writer’s best friend or agents of the dark side?
Let’s start with the meat and potatoes of what a rhetorical question actually is. I can think of no better offering than the Merriam Webster’s Definition. It states: nothing. There is no definition for a ‘Rhetorical Question’ in the online dictionary. So I did the next best thing. I broke it down even further for… Continue reading Rhetorical questions…useful metaphor, or query kiss of death?
Hello new friends, old friends and silent passersby stalking my site from a far. That's right lurkers, I'm on to you. I've been spending countless hours, energy, and more time than I care to admit ripping my hair out learning the ins and outs of the publishing industry. I've stared at the computer screen until… Continue reading Hello world of strangers, wallflowers & internet nerds! Let’s be friends