Answer: whenever your book is ready! The only time you shouldn’t query an agent is when they’re closed to queries, and some agents never close. (Note: PSLA closes from Christmas to New Years Day.) Don’t waste your time waiting for the ‘okay’ to query. Some people say don’t query during certain months or holidays, butContinue reading “When is the right time of year to query an agent?”
Ready to pitch your manuscript? On Twitter of all places? For all you brave folks with finished manuscripts here are the details: Try #pitmad on Sept 9 from 8am to 8pm EST. See more info on Brenda Drake’s blog. And read my Ultimate Guide to Twitter Pitch Contests.
Are you making this critical query mistake? The biggest query mistake: writers submitting a synopsis instead of a pitch. A synopsis is the play-by-play of your novel. A pitch is a to-the-point email or letter that focuses on the hook, the conflict, and why it matters for the protagonist–and why an agent should read your book!Continue reading “The Biggest Query Letter Mistake”
One of the most common, and most subjective, questions I get asked at writer’s workshops is: “How do I know when it’s my query or whether it’s my sample pages that are stopping me from getting full manuscript requests or offers?” Ultimately, every circumstance is different, but in my experience the situations look like this: WhenContinue reading ““Is it my query or my sample pages?” Why you are not getting full manuscript requests”