The Contradictory World of Querying Agents

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

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Fun With QueryTracker: How to Spend Too Much Time with the Data Explorer

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

On Writing a Fiction Series–and How Agents and Publishers Make for Fluid Plans

I attended the New England SCBWI writing conference back in April, and one of the most intriguing panels I attended--and the one that's stayed with me the best--was called "And Then There Were More: The Art of Writing a Series with Agent Ammi-Joan Paquette." I'm a fantasy author, so--be it for better or for worse--series … Continue reading On Writing a Fiction Series–and How Agents and Publishers Make for Fluid Plans

Reasons Why Your Manuscript Could Be Rejected… In the First Paragraphs

OK, so. A few weeks ago, I was terribly worried about book reviews. But then I finished Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman, and discovered that she still very honestly reviews YA books. So there you have it. It probably doesn't matter that much if you review books. So let's move on to something that actually … Continue reading Reasons Why Your Manuscript Could Be Rejected… In the First Paragraphs