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Are You Ready to Query?

By Cecilia Lewis

One of the most difficult parts of the querying process is deciding when to query. How do you know if your manuscript is ready? 925 more words


Starting my first query

Okay. The time has come.

Mystery Book of Mystery manuscript sleeps quietly on my USB (and C drive, and external hard drive, and in my drawer as a print-out, just in case). 797 more words


Infographic: Do You Know The Difference Between Literary, Upmarket and Commercial Fiction?

Knowing how to categorize your work is one of the most important skills a writer needs to know–especially while querying. Here’s an infographic to help. It’s not perfect and there are many places that writers won’t fit into and that doesn’t mean it’s not a marketable book. 20 more words


Publishing Q&A #2: On Comp Titles, R&Rs, and Revising After Rejection

By Cecilia Lewis

Welcome to the second installment of the Publishing Q&A series, a monthly opportunity for authors to ask their writing and publishing questions and have them answered, in-depth, by industry professionals. 1,168 more words


The biggest mistake you can make in a query

It isn’t spelling the agent’s name wrong, comparing yourself to a bestselling author, or using all capital letters.  The biggest mistake I see time and time again when reading other writers’ queries is that they’re all over the place and confuse the reader. 216 more words

Query Letters


So maybe it’s not going exactly as hoped. Upon completing my third novel (This Never Happened), I began work on my query letter. A query letter is what an author will send to literary agents in an attempt to get them excited about reading their work. 294 more words


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