Just a few days I ago I entered an online contest for new authors - Secret Agent run by the amazing Authoress who remains nameless. Click the link if you'd like the particulars, but the purpose of this one is to see if your first 250 words will attract an agent. The agent remains nameless as … Continue reading The Strongest Chain: First 250 words
In 2014 I finished my very first novel and decided to take a workshop to polish it up before seeking representation. I emailed all 135,000 words of what I thought was a women’s fiction off to the editors only to be told that it was far too long for a contemporary romance. I read their … Continue reading In Defense of Happily Ever After
True confession? I swear. Sometimes a lot. Usually in my car when no one is around, but sometimes at my husband. Sad, but true. It's also true that profanity and vulgarity are like the toxic twins of modern speech. They are everywhere and pretty well tolerated in most situations and definitely in most entertainment. Take … Continue reading Language Most Foul: Profanity vs Vulgarity
Great Advice for New Authors on Querying.
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 8 Query Tips No One Tells Writers:
1. There are no second chances. Send a query letter with an agent’s name misspelled and resend 5 minutes later? You might already be written off. We get so many queries that we’re always looking for reasons to say no (even though we’re looking for gems!). Sometimes there are easy no’s.
2. If you say you’ve been published we assume that means traditional. And if you don’t share the publisher, year, and maybe some sales information we’ll assume you’re pulling our leg.
3. Telling agents you’ve self published…
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I am not one for resolutions, but I do like goals. This year I wanted to set a few realistic ones so I sat down after the 1st and thought about what I'd really like to accomplish. Here we go. 1. Put full effort into querying The Strongest Chain (formerly the Davies). I've been … Continue reading 2015 – Goals for the New Year: Like real ones, not the fake ones you tell people, but never do.