Queries

3 flaws in your query that shout “beginner”

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

Few experiences are more instructive about what-not-to-do in your writing than working your way through the queries and proposals editors or agents receive. I can’t make my stack of reading available to you, but I can …

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Query Rules–Law or Grace?

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

Last week a number of you asked questions about submission etiquette. We always give a stock answer when writers ask us about how to contact an agent for possible representation. We tell them to check the agency …

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Don’t Say This In Your Query

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

“Ever since I was a kid, red velvet cake has been my favorite.”

I know you’d never put that in your query (unless your book is about red velvet cake). But agents typically want you to include …

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2 Keys to Successful Agent and Editor Meetings

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

Two initial impressions you’ll leave with agents and editors you meet at a writers conference are your level of professionalism and the degree of your publishing knowledge. Whether or not you plan to attend a conference yet …

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Query Letters: Why request? Why reject?

Rachel Kent

Blogger: Rachel Kent

I was asked this week, “What is the one thing that makes you request a project based on a query and what is the one thing in a query that makes you decide a book isn’t the …

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The Best of Times. The Worst of Times.

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

Back in the days when I was writing and submitting my work, hoping to catch the interest of an agent or editor, I would spend hours trying to strategize the perfect time for my query or proposal …

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Backdoor to Literary Representation

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

So. . . you need a literary agent. You know you’ve got a knock-em-dead manuscript but now you have to find an agent willing to represent you. You’ve done everything right. You’ve gone to the agency website …

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Bad Query Contest

Rachel Kent

Blogger: Rachel Kent

I started seeing mention of these Bad Query Contests on Twitter this week so I thought it would be fun to host one on the Books & Such blog. Please take a moment to jot a quick …

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Offering Representation—One Story

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

Last week I picked up the phone and made an offer of representation to an author. I won’t tell you who it is because she is a regular member of our blog community, and it’s up to …

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Caution: Cranky Agent Alert

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

Before I begin my rant–I mean blog post–let me say for the record that I’m usually an upbeat, easy-going, glass-half-full sort of person. Right? I normally avoid snarkiness and try to give everyone the benefit of the …

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