JJ and Kelly revisit that evergreen publishing topic: queries! We revisit query letters and what makes them successful. There’s also a long tangent about tropes and singing the praises of homemade cold press coffee. Pitching vs Crafting Crafting or drafting is intimate, but pitching requires a certain amount of distance from your work. Sometimes there’s a disconnect between what you want the work to be and what it actually is. Getting some distance and objectivity from […]
WE ARE BACK! FOR REALSIES, Y’ALL. Kelly and JJ go through a backlog of questions, give answers, and catch up a bit on life. Also: their call for submissions for their query critique podcast is still open! If you would like your query critiqued by the two of us, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject QUERY CRITIQUE. Is it best to get an agent in your own country or can you query elsewhere? […]
JJ and Kelly are back with another Half Pint Happy Hour (that’s more like a full size pint this time around. We’re chatty). We answer questions about social media in fiction, how to finish a draft, and how (not) to personalize your query for agents. Also, snail slime face cream! This is Kelly’s first time editing the podcast (standing ovation for JJ, who has edited every single other episode to date) so her apologies if […]
We’re BACK! Despite deadlines and life chaos in general, Kelly and JJ just couldn’t stay away. Welcome to Half-Pint Happy Hour! These are short episodes where we check in, catch up, and answer questions to tide us all over until we can return to full-length content. Show Notes Question from Megan: I’m in the process of writing my first book, and I have some concerns. Namely, I’m worried about how girls/women are represented in my […]
This week Kelly and JJ talk about promotion and getting the word out about your book, including whether or not to put money into your own promotion, hiring a publicist, making swag, or putting out a newsletter. We also announce a brief hiatus for the month of March, but we’ll be back in April with our next Query Critique episode, so send us your queries!