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 →

Anatomy of a Graphic Novel Pitch

Graphic novels are a steadily growing market, which is exciting to see. These days, more publishers are accepting graphic novel submissions. Some publishers have even started imprints that focus on graphic novels; for instance, First Second at Macmillan, and Graphix at Scholastic. And of course, as more traditional houses are publishing graphic novels, there has... 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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