Midsummer’s Mayhem – A Query Letter That Worked

Good news, Sub It Clubbers. Today I'm featuring Rajani LaRocca's delicious query for her forthcoming middle grade, Midsummer's Mayhem (Yellow Jacket, 2019), a yummy blend of A Midsummer's Night Dream and Master Chef Junior.  Note: Rajani's manuscript was requested thanks to #PitchWars. That's why her query doesn't include the typical personalization paragraph. Rajani noted that when she queried prior... Continue Reading →

Query Letters That Worked: Maximillian Villainous (PB)

I've got some monstrously good news! Today I'm featuring debut picture book author Margaret Chiu Greanias, who has graciously agreed to share her successful query letter for Maximillian Villainous (Running Press Kids, 2018). This query helped her hook an agent, which led to this book's sale. Though Maximillian Villainous isn't out until August, you can click here to... Continue Reading →

Nonfiction query basics … part 1 Picture Books

Barbara Kingsolver once likened writing fiction to planting a garden in the desert. Meanwhile, writing nonfiction is weeding an overgrown hillside into something beautiful. I'm going to let you in on a little secret. ... I'm more weeder than planter. Most of what I write is nonfiction, and I know a few Sub It Clubbers are in... Continue Reading →

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