Weekly Words - a quote, a tool, and a tip for writers

“While querying, I once got a rejection that said they ‘hated the voice but loved the plot.’ In the same day, I got a rejection saying they ‘loved the voice but hated the plot.’ You guys, publishing is so subjective.” Samantha Joyce

A Writing Tool

Query letters are an art form. There are two great places to go to see examples of edited query letters, Query Shark and PitchWars. Reviewing what works - and what doesn't - can help a writer craft a better query.


Querying Tip

One of the big mistakes new authors make is querying too early. If you send out your first batch or two of query letters and get nothing but silence or passes, take a break. There are three things that could be wrong:

  • your query letter isn't effective,

  • you are querying the wrong agents, or

  • your manuscript isn't ready.

There are professionals out there who can help - editors, book coaches, query specialists. Get the help you need to take the next step in your writing journey.


There's a Story Here: Lisbon, Portugal, 2004

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