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”

5 Year Blog-versary Round Up!

Wow, 5 years since this blog began! Thank you to the loyal readers and commenters for your engagement with my posts. I decided to do a round up of some of my top posts over the years. Craft: 30 Questions to Ask Your Main Character When You Start Comparing Yourself To Other Writers 7 Things WritersContinue reading “5 Year Blog-versary Round Up!”

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Querying as a Debut Author

I really enjoy talking about debuts. Many debut authors are nervous about their credentials (do I have enough? do they mean anything?), their contacts (who do I have to know? what if I don’t “know” anyone?), and their book (what if it’s not good enough? what if it’s the best I’ve got?). I think it’s timeContinue reading “5 Things You Didn’t Know About Querying as a Debut Author”

8 Query Tips No One Tells Writers

There is a bounty of query letter writing advice on the web. I’ve written about it before too: The Biggest Query Letter Mistake, and How To Format Your Query. However, here are some tips you might not have heard yet that will set your querying strategy apart from the rest. Querying in 2015? Read 8Continue reading “8 Query Tips No One Tells Writers”