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 you're querying the same manuscript to multiple people you still need to take the time... Continue Reading →

Closed to Submission

This post is brought to you by the one and only, Lisha Cauthen. Your manuscript is shiny and happy. You've done your research and found the perfect agent for you, your novel and your career. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCQ0vDAbF7s But there's a problem--the agent is closed to submissions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbfMlk1PwGU Do you give up? Not necessarily. If you're convinced... Continue Reading →

Format Your Email Sample Chapters

This post is brought to you by the one and only, Lisha Cauthen. You can understand why agents/editors want First Contact with their potential authors to be through a safe, clean email. With the volume of correspondence they receive from strangers, the likelihood of viruses arriving in attachments is high. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaPpa-eoxi4 Fine. So I took... Continue Reading →

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 your chances of getting an agent: CHECKING YOUR SPELLING, PUNCTUATION, AND SYNTAX First, use Spellcheck.... Continue Reading →

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