Category Archives: Query Letter

Query Fails: Why They Happen

Send to Kindle  In my eternal quest for procrastination, I turned this morning to Slushpile Hell, a site to which writers have turned from time immemorial (since 2010) for a hearty laugh and a pleasant glow of superiority. The query … Continue reading

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Have red pencil; will travel?

Send to Kindle  Should writers hire freelance editors? It’s a vexed question, much debated on the writers’ forums and blogs. My own opinion has evolved over time with the changes in the publishing industry, and it may surprise those of … Continue reading

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Top Ten Ways To Get Rejected By Your Dream Agent

Send to Kindle  Last week, West Coast literary agent Pam van Hylckama Vlieg was in her car on the way to pick up her daughter at school when she was suddenly attacked by a man wielding a baseball bat. He … Continue reading

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Publishing Mosquitoes

Send to KindleIt’s a bad year for mosquitoes – or rather, a great year for mosquitoes, a bad one for their prey. On Long Island, where I live, I can’t step out to the garden without being attacked. There’s a … Continue reading

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Gail Hochman Interview, Part 2

Send to KindleHave you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes in a literary agency? There’s not a lot of transparency in the business. Most agents erect high walls to protect themselves from constant interruption and to preserve their ability … Continue reading

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Interview with Literary Agent Gail Hochman

Send to KindleIf you think of getting published as a game of Candyland (younger readers, think of your favorite fantasy video game; religious readers, think of Pilgrim’s Progress), there is a broad swathe of the board, close to the end, … Continue reading

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Interview with Viking Editor Tara Singh

Send to KindleToday I have a huge treat for you: an interview with Ms. Tara Singh, an editor with Viking/Penguin who, I’m delighted to say, is now my editor, having acquired my latest novel for publication in 2013. If you’ve … Continue reading

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MEDICALERT: THE SCOURGE OF PREMATURE SUBMISSION

Send to Kindle  You’ve been working on a novel for a long time in solitude, a year, two, maybe more, and at last you’ve completed a draft.  You’ve shown chapters to a few trusted friends, and they loved it, but … Continue reading

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Your Novel In One Paragraph

Send to KindleLast week, in my post about Query Letter Do’s and Don’t’s, I suggested that you limit your description of your novel to just a few intriguing lines. What I didn’t say (ducking the hard part) was how to … Continue reading

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QUERY LETTER DO’S AND DON’T’S

Send to Kindle  Coming soon: interviews with Viking editor Tara Singh, top agent Gail Hochman, and bestselling author Diana Gabaldon. Sign up for the RSS or email feed so you won’t miss these!   At a certain point, after you’ve … Continue reading

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