I'm dancing with excitement today! One of our very own Sub It Club members, Valerie Bolling, has just had her debut picture book released. Let's Dance is a rhythmic good read that was released by Boys Mills Press! Plus, Valerie was recently chosen to receive the 2020 We Need Diverse Books mentorship with Kelly Starling... Continue Reading →
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 not like the answer they come up with. Do you want to give away that... Continue Reading →
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 and all of the social media I do. I like to think that people work... Continue Reading →
Query Letters Take Time
When you’re writing a query letter it can take a long time. A really long time. Sure, sometimes query letter come easily. You know your hook right from the start. Your description is dead on. Other times, you have to work and write and rethink and rewrite. Can’t get it right? Maybe there’s a problem.... Continue Reading →
Otto Grows Down – A Query Letter That Worked!
Today we have a query letter for the amazing picture book, Otto Grows Down, by one of the members of the club, author Michael Sussman. Otto Grows Down is a fun story with a great hook. It was published by Sterling Publishing in 2009. Let's take a look at Michael's letter that lead to the... Continue Reading →
Show Your Manuscript Some Love, Format That Query Letter Correctly!
You love your manuscript! You do, don't you? (Otherwise maybe you'd better do a little more thinking about whether or not you're ready to send it out on submission.) How do you show an agent or editor how much you love your manuscript? Format those queries and cover letters correctly! Your query... Continue Reading →