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

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What I’ve Learned from Querying

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

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

WriteOnCon! And the “Fight Club” Approach to Querying Agents

First off, WriteOnCon! I didn't talk about it much ahead of time, but I participated. (And now it's over, so this won't be useful to anyone who didn't already know about it.) WriteOnCon is a once-a-year, online-only "writing convention" for people who write anything in the range of picture books to New Adult. (So while … Continue reading WriteOnCon! And the “Fight Club” Approach to Querying Agents