5 Reasons for “Quick Pass” on a Query Letter

Agents do inhale query letters. We get 1,000’s a year and go through them periodically; usually consuming them in batches of 20-100’s at a time. I try to read them once or twice a month. Your query letter is my first encounter with you. It doesn’t have to be “perfect” (I mean that!), but itContinue reading “5 Reasons for “Quick Pass” on a Query Letter”

February 11th Webinar: “Find Success with Your Query Letter: Getting Beyond Form Letters”

New year, new webinar. Sign up here today! It also includes a critique of your query letter! WHAT YOU’LL LEARN: How to recognize patterns in rejection letters When to rewrite your query and when to revise your manuscript Why agents send form rejections and why they send personalized rejections-and what the difference is Winning formulas forContinue reading “February 11th Webinar: “Find Success with Your Query Letter: Getting Beyond Form Letters””

Which pitch has the most potential? Slush pile, in-person or online contest?

I get asked this question often. Writers want to make the most of their time and talent. Querying is a part in your writing career that is fraught with stress, expectation, and worry–oh wait, this sounds like the entire length of a writing career! Jokes aside, the decisions you make to start your career haveContinue reading “Which pitch has the most potential? Slush pile, in-person or online contest?”

Crafting a Novel’s Pitch: 7 Tips + GIVEAWAY – Guest Post by Chuck Sambuchino

[September 2015 saw the release of three of Chuck’s new books, the 2016 Guide to Literary Agents, the 2016 Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market, and his anti-clown humor book When Clowns Attack: A Survival Guide. Chuck will pick a commenter of this post at random as winners after 2 weeks, and those winners can receive theirContinue reading “Crafting a Novel’s Pitch: 7 Tips + GIVEAWAY – Guest Post by Chuck Sambuchino”