Category Archives: Querying

QUERY SEASON, AUDIOBOOK MOMENTUM, SEQUEL DRAFTING, AND BALTIMORE BOOK FESTIVAL SIGNING

QUERY SEASON Query Season has kicked off for DM. That means I’m sending out three queries a day to agents until I have 50 queries out. Then I will pause and see how the responses are going. I have an agent … Continue reading

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Hunter College Writing Conference + Editorial Revisions + Title Change +New Agent Search+Author Photo Poll

Hunter College Writing Conference I was on one of the first panel’s of the day, the Children’s panel, with Dan Greenburg, Judith Greenburg, Richard Peck, and Chris Grabenstein. Great group of authors and very friendly to a newbie. Each one … Continue reading

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Guest Blog: Four Things A Good Query Does

I’m guest blogging over at the Third Story Writers Guild. They are a fabulous group of writers who live in the Butternut/Park Falls area of Wisconsin. They hosted me for an author talk when I visited Butternut last summer. I’m … Continue reading

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How to Target Agents For Querying

So you’ve finished a manuscript and polished it up. Your ready to submit but you have no idea who to submit to. Your at the gate like this lovely goat, trying to break through to the other side. I’ve been … Continue reading

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Requests for Revisions and Request for Manuscript

So I’ve been sitting on two amazing piece of good news. Debating if I should share it or just wait and see what comes of it… But life is lots of moments that have to be shared or else the … Continue reading

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The Query Wars: The Truth, The Truly Bizarre and All That Lies in Between

I have a secret to handling rejections on queries, partials and fulls. It’s not Ben and Jerry’s. Nope. I  share my rejection letters with my trusted critique partner, the fabulous Kat Bender. She’s part of my tribunal in determining what … Continue reading

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Voice and Character Connectivity

I recently read a book. A well-crafted book written by an author I admire. And I didn’t love it. I liked it. I powered through the whole book in a few days. The writing was strong. The premise was interesting. … Continue reading

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Guest Post by Martine Helene Svanevik on The Big Fear: Rejection

Today, I am turning my blog over to the fabulous and talented Martine Helene Svanevik, a fiction writer from Montreal. I absolutely adore her blog about writing and training over on nascentnovelist.wordpress.com. You should definitely check it out. She tells me … Continue reading

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The Best Rejection Letter + Free Book Contest Reminder

Quick reminder The Free Book Contest entry deadline is tomorrow at 7 AM EST. Click here to enter to win a personalized autographed copy of New York Times Bestselling Author Paige Shelton’s book, If Fried Chicken Could Fly! Onto the … Continue reading

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Four Agents’ Views on the Current Market-SCBWI panel

  At the Winter SCBWI Conference in New York, I attended a panel where four agents (Ginger Knowlton, Regina Brooks, Chris Richman, and Ken Wright) shared their views on the current market. Here are some of the main points I … Continue reading

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