Category Archives: Query Letters

How to Write a Query Letter – A Basic Breakdown

Whether you’re drafting your first ever query letter or have written a whole bunch of them, the truth remains the same: query letters can be tough. Each manuscript is different. Heck, each query letter is a little different! Even when … Continue reading

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Category and Genre–the Difference

This post is brought to you by the one and only, Lisha Cauthen. 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 … Continue reading

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Don’t Be a Creeper

This post is brought to you by the one and only, Lisha Cauthen. 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 … Continue reading

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11 Red Flag Phrases to Avoid in Your Query Letter

This post is brought to you by the one and only, Lisha Cauthen. 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 … Continue reading

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

This post is brought to you by the one and only, Lisha Cauthen. 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 … 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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