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Three things that will drastically improve your chances of getting published (Hint: you start at the end).

Before you sit down to write your book – before you even try to hammer out that scary first draft - you need to first write these three things: 824 more words

Learn From Other Great Authors

Where in the world is Rachel? My Research Progress

I’d like a map, please.

At this stage in my research, I have completed the following:

  • Completed two in-person interviews
  • Completed two online interviews
  • Received two extra e-mails from teachers with tattoos stating their experience…
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Updated Fantasy Novel Pitch

So, I wrote a pitch and it was okay. Here is my revised version.

A magic parallel to our world occasionally bleeds over, dropping mages into our midst. 235 more words


15 attributes of an effective query letter

If you want to go the traditional publishing route, you have to know how the write a dynamite query letter. The below link from Bookbaby and Chris Robley will give you some pointers.   136 more words


Query 101 Series: Research, Research and More Research

Once your query is a masterpiece, you think you’re done, right? Wish I could say that’s so, but there’s more work ahead. Now it’s time to figure out who you want to receive that shining gem. 528 more words


How to Write a Successful Query Letter

A friend of mine, Jessica, is holding a #JustPitchIt Query Workshop on her blog this week (http://www.jessicaschmeidler.com/?p=1058).  She invited me to participate and I have to tell you, I have really enjoyed it.  1,666 more words


And They're Off!

The queries have been sent. Time for the fear sweats and gut wrenching anxiety upon checking my inbox, which I will do approximately 22,000 times a day for the next two months. 62 more words