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If you ask any writer about the process of connecting with their agent (or publisher), the majority will say the most difficult part was querying. Not only the actual process of sending out the letters/emails, but formulating the query itself. 509 more words


Waiting, Not Just for the Birds

I woke up this morning, went into the kitchen to boil water for coffee, then came back bedside to open the window shade (I have a custom-designed platform bed that runs right up to and under a great big window that looks out into shockingly green woods). 1,291 more words

FIRST FIVE FRENZY with Amy Elizabeth Bishop of Dystel, Goderich, & Bourret

If you’re like me, you toil for hours editing and fine-tuning the first pages of your manuscript. You look at the first lines to make sure they are compelling and tight. 719 more words


A to Z blogging Challenge: Q is for Query Letter

“Q” is for . . .  the dreaded Query Letter

Writing is hard work, but it’s also fun and rewarding. I would love the opportunity to write all day and all night for a week, sleeping and eating as necessary. 558 more words


Seven Things to Do Before Querying Your Novel

Finished your book? Starting to query agents and editors? Wondering how you can stand out from the slush pile? Check off these seven steps before sending off your manuscript, and you’ll be well ahead of the game. 553 more words

Tips For Writers

Lessons From a Failed Query Letter

(Reed’s Playlist for the occasion: Mehna Mehna from the Muppets Show)

Query letters. They suck.

You’ve just written yourself a beautiful 80,000+ word novel and you have to condense it into a single squished trash-compactor pitch. 953 more words


Straight From An Agent: YOUR Questions Answered

Mark Gottlieb of Trident Media is back, this time answering YOUR questions. There were quite a few responses (thank you!) so I didn’t manage to include all the questions sent in, but I definitely included most. 1,549 more words