Category Archives: Query Letters

Category and Genre–the Difference

Today’s post is down and dirty, mostly because I’m feeling down. And dirty. By the way, do not google “down and dirty animated gif”. If you know what’s good for you. CATEGORY–basically, the age of the audience your manuscript is … Continue reading

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Don’t Be a Creeper

We’re told to personalize queries. We’re told to research agents and editors–heck, I told you to personalize queries and research agents and editors. But there is a caveat. Don’t be a creeper. Don’t mention in your query letter how pretty … Continue reading

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11 Red Flag Phrases to Avoid in Your Query Letter

Agents/editors are busy people. And they read fast. Very, very fast. You might even say he/she skims a query letter to see if it merits the engagement of her/his whole brain. And if he/she sees any one of a set … Continue reading

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Back to the Query Basics: Spelling, Punctuation, and Syntax

Been a long while since we talked about the nuts and bolts of query-letter writing. Today, let’s discuss a very simple step that if skipped, will sink your chances of getting an agent: CHECKING YOUR SPELLING, PUNCTUATION, AND SYNTAX First, … Continue reading

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Why Shouldn’t I Put a Question in my Query?

It’s a general rule not to add a question to your query. Why? Putting a question into a query or cover letter makes the reader, aka agent or editor, have to fill in the blank themselves. You may or may … Continue reading

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The Monthly Goalpost for July: World Cup Fever

GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!! It’s World Cup time and all you soccer/football fans probably have the fever. I don’t pay much attention to the pitch and its goings-on any other time than once every four years but I’m intrigued by this giant-sized competition. … Continue reading

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Querying? Don’t Do These Things!

It may come as a shock to you, but I get a lot of queries. It certainly comes as a shock to me! I’m not an agent or an editor and I think that is pretty clear on my blogs … Continue reading

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