Great news: Sub It Club member, Khalia Moreau has landed a debut deal with Forever, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing (Hachette)! She has graciously agreed to share her successful query letter for THE PRINCESS OF 106 THORNWOOD DRIVE and her journey to publishing. Let's have a look. Dear Editors of Forever, One year ago, a tragic car... Continue Reading →
Query Letters That Worked: WOOD, WIRE, WINGS (nonfiction PB)
Hi all, Remember me? It’s been ages. You might wonder where I’ve been. Well, I’ve been off launching my debut nonfiction picture book, WOOD, WIRE, WINGS: Emma Lilian Todd Invents an Airplane (illustrated by Tracy Subisak), which came out in February from Calkins Creek. But I haven’t forgotten about Sub It Club. After all, it... Continue Reading →
Submissions 101: Social Media Savvy, pt 1
The question comes up repeatedly in author circles: do you need social media to land an agent or a book deal? How many followers/friends are enough? Where should you list your social media in a query? You've got questions; we've got answers. This month Sub It Club takes on social media and the querying process.... Continue Reading →
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 →
Kick! Jump! Chop! A Query Letter that Worked +Agent Sean McCarthy. Hiiiii-ya!
Kick! Jump! Chop! As fast as you can. It's a ninja twist on the Gingerbread Man!