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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Recovering From A Writing Testes Kick

Thank you to the most amazingly supportive blog commenters! Seriously, you guys were a huge part in my recovery. It took me two days to regroup. The first few hours I was inconsolable. I cried on and off for 7 … Continue reading

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Getting Kicked in the Writing Testicles

I was so excited in May when a huge agent requested my full. I was delighted two weeks later when her assistant praised my novel and sent me two pages of editorial notes. I was determined to get to work … 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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The Precipice in the Present

It’s so much easier to see where you’ve been than where you are going. I can look back at my life and connect the dots. See what led to successes and misses. I can weave a beautiful tale of how … Continue reading

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Books are not Babies

1) Would you sell your child? 2) Would you hand your child over to complete strangers? 3) Would you re-vision your child? 4) Would you put your child in a drawer and decide it was never worth seeing the light … Continue reading

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