I wish writing groups felt like this (photo via Pexels) I feel like as someone who works in publishing, both as an agent on the industry side of things and an author in the Young Adult world, I spend a lot of time trying to nudge people to follow the traditional route of trying to get their book in front of the right people. I hear so many stories about terrible query letters and poorly […]
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Get it, trash? Cause trash talk. Whatever. (via Pexels) Look, there are endless blog posts and articles out there that talk about query letter mistakes. If you’ve ever Googled for tips, you’re aware of all the heavy hitting highlights. Do your research when querying agents. Don’t get too wordy when describing your book. Write a solid hook that gets the reader psyched. Don’t BCC a hundred agents with DEAR AGENT because no literary agent has […]
Good morning, Pubcrawlers! As many of you likely know, as an agent, I get a lot of submissions. Even when I find myself in one of those rare moments where I’m mostly caught up on queries, it doesn’t last. And that isn’t including the pile of requested manuscripts I always have on hand. So you’ll believe me when I tell you, I read a LOT of queries. And I’m noticing a trend. I’m calling it […]
Get it? We’re comparing things. Comps. Apples to oranges… okay whatever, let’s do this. Every now and again I open up my DMs on the ol’ Twitter for questions, or I let folks pick my brain in various hashtag events. And there’s always the in-real-life events, like workshops and conferences. It’s always a good time for the most part, and I like being someone who is accessible in an industry that sometimes feel like it’s […]
We talk a lot about how difficult it is to query—how you have to put together the right list and all the important things to remember when writing a query. All of that is true, but in my experience, the most difficult part of querying was something more internal: I was sending my hard work out to strangers and many of them would, inevitably, reject it. There’s no way to avoid this, but you can […]