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sarah-cotchaleovitch's picture
Dec.07.2013
Writing (Photo credit: jjpacres) In January, I wrote about my quandary over whether I should keep the prologue of my middle grade novel or scrap it. (Read that post here.) At the time, I decided it could stay. After all, the very literary agent and author who brought this issue to my attention...
terry-odell's picture
Oct.04.2013
The sec­ond Sis­ters in Crime spon­sored work­shop was given by Robert Dugoni, and he addressed writ­ing query let­ters and syn­opses. My ini­tial thought was that I’m not likely to be query­ing an agent any time soon, but it occurred to me that writ­ing a...
sarah-cotchaleovitch's picture
Jul.05.2013
Rejection (Photo credit: amanda farah) I usually don't procrastinate, unless it's on a personal project with no hard deadline. Then I become a pro. Like querying literary agents. Yes, I finally did it (two rounds this year, actually), but I could have started a month earlier. I figured no one could...
sarah-cotchaleovitch's picture
Jun.28.2013
Coat of arms Hufflepuff (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Every week, I read a number of submissions for the online journal Fiction Fix, and the authors' cover letters are available, as well. Although I don't always read the queries, I sometimes check them out to see if there is any kind of intro to...
sarah-cotchaleovitch's picture
Apr.05.2013
Writing (Photo credit: jjpacres) You'd think after ten years together, you'd know someone really well. And, no, I'm not talking about my husband. I'm talking about a character, and January marked ten years since she showed up out of nowhere, demanding I tell her story. When eleven-year-old Emma...
karen-dionne's picture
Apr.02.2013
  Every week literary agents receive hundreds of query letters from aspiring writers who are hoping to interest the agent in their project. Why then, would agents take time from their busy schedules to go to a writers conference and meet yet more writers in person?  As co-founder of the...
michael-seidel's picture
Feb.21.2013
After working on the query letter and synopsis the last few days, I thought about my struggles.  It's just like anything else:  how do you distill and present the material to make your case? I worked in marketing in a past life.  My veep boss wanted to do a reply by mail campaign in...
andrew-d-wice's picture
Jan.05.2013
A new journal entry for the new year, while a new batch of submissions fly toward their targets.  Like sparrows, in a blur of tiny wings.    Moving on from the disappointment of my first round of submissions, I meticulously prepared yet another list of potential agents.  Each...
andrew-d-wice's picture
Jan.05.2013
A new journal entry for the new year, while a new batch of submissions fly toward their targets.  Like sparrows, in a blur of tiny wings.    Moving on from the disappointment of my first round of submissions, I meticulously prepared yet another list of potential agents.  Each...
aliki-mcelreath's picture
Sep.13.2012
in this query-letter journey, that is. When I wrote Ficus Way I didn’t have any idea how someone actually went about getting work published. I knew about submitting to calls for papers, and submitting to journals and anthologies, but I didn’t know how you went about submitting a novel....