It's fun to complain, isn't it? Let's complain about querying! Querying is complicated! Querying is messy! And every time I query, I am simultaneously delighted that I seem to be doing OK and terrified that I'm doing everything wrong. And both might be true! Nothing makes sense. Everything is anxiety-inducing. This post has no point! … Continue reading The Contradictory World of Querying Agents
As I mentioned in my last post, I'm back in the query trenches. And that means I'm spending way too much time thinking about querying. So let's talk about one of my favorite QueryTracker tools: the Data Explorer! What is the Data Explorer? The Data Explorer shows every time a QueryTracker user has submitted a … Continue reading Fun With QueryTracker: How to Spend Too Much Time with the Data Explorer
I'm officially back in the query trenches! I've got a brand-spanking-new YA fantasy ready to go, and I'd dearly like to get a literary agent for it. It's harrowing! It's nerve-wracking! I'm anxious! And, well, that's a lot of emotional energy. I just sent out my first batch, and... hey, it looks like most could … Continue reading Finding Agents to Query
WriteOnCon is coming up! This year, it's running from February 9 to 11, Friday through Sunday. Haven't heard of it before? Check it out. WriteOnCon is a writing convention for children's book authors, including everything from picture books to New Adult. It's also completely online, which means you don't have to go anywhere--just register, sign … Continue reading WriteOnCon!
Recommended word counts cause so much angst. Don't know what I'm talking about? Well, check out this Writer's Digest post, or this post on children's fiction. (Unfortunately, they're both pretty old. Still, you get the point.) Agents and publishers look for novels with word counts within a certain range. This length varies by genre and the … Continue reading On Recommended Word Counts and Why They Can Be Helpful (Especially If You Write Fantasy)
Sometimes people get a little obsessed with their rejection letters. Thanks to the internet, you can find examples of how agents and publishers have responded to other people. And that means you can compare yourselves. Did you get a form letter? Did it include a sentence that sounded a little like they read it? Did … Continue reading “Good” Rejections, “Bad” Rejections, and Why It Really Doesn’t Matter
I've been querying my YA fantasy novel since September 2014, and oh man, it's been a journey. I'm not quite done, so I can't talk about stats yet, but I can definitely talk about the random things I've learned. Lesson #1: I hate competitions. I really, really, really hate competitions. I've participated in PitMad, Pitch … Continue reading What I’ve Learned from Querying