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Let me tell you a story. I was on break at work one night, eating my dinner in the coffee room as I scrolled through Twitter, when another nurse entered and politely asked me about my book. We chatted, all … Continue reading

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Born with voracious hunger, Jin has eaten his family out of house and home. But no matter what he devours, his hunger remains. Until he meets the Kitchen God, in his home in the Yandang Mountains. Impressed with Jin’s unearthly … Continue reading

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Original Query Letter   Nineteen-year-old Blake wakes up on a generation ship in deep space, except it’s not the virtual reality game he thought he was testing. He wasn’t a beta-tester, but a guinea pig. It’s not a game, but … Continue reading

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Original Query Letter   CHOOSE YOUR OWN APOCALYPSE, is an 88,000 word work of women’s fiction. I would be delighted if you’d take a look at it.   When futurist scholar Glory Roberts joins a group of doomsday preppers, they … Continue reading

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Original Query Letter   Nikki Evers assumed the crimes were random coincidences. Fires on campus. Convenient store robberies. Gang killings. Great stories for the school paper. But when her best friend Brycin disappears, presumed dead, and she gets a text … Continue reading

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Original Query Letter   Dear Agent:   Seventeen-year-old Sadie knows her sister is dead.   Her mama sees the silver lining on the letter reading “missing in action”, but Sadie knows the truth: Skylar isn’t coming back.   They say … Continue reading

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Original Query Letter   This isn’t Quinn Dempsey’s first dead body—hell, it’s not even her first cannibalized one. She and her partner are Orions, hunters and contract sorcerers trained and employed by the top secret Orion Council, and they see … Continue reading

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Writers are instinctively creative people. I can’t tell you the number of people who have told me they would write a book, if only they were creative. Fully formed plot ideas don’t regularly smack writers in the face. Bits and … Continue reading

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As many of you may already know (because I won’t shut up about it already, seriously), this year’s Christmas in July pitch contest was a huge success. The 30 winning entries featured on our blogs, chosen from over 200 submissions, … Continue reading

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Recently, a friend of mine commented that writing books must be so much easier for me now that I’ve been doing it for a while.   I laughed (more like cackled, actually), which my well-meaning friend found confusing. I think … Continue reading

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ORIGINAL QUERY LETTER   Title: The New Eden Chronicles   Dear Agent X:   Four hundred years after environmental collapse, there’s no place on Earth as beautiful as New Eden, where The Council of Holy Elders guards the secret to … Continue reading

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I love doing query letter critiques, but lately I’ve noticed that I often give out the same bit of advice, which leads me to believe that maybe a whole blog post dedicated to this bit of advice is in order. … Continue reading

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Orignal Query Letter   I am submitting my query for my young adult novel THE COMPOUND for your consideration. Complete at 80,000 words THE COMPOUND is a thriller with science fiction elements and could be said to be a cross … Continue reading

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Original Query Letter   Dear Agent, (do not know specific one yet- Sorry!)   Rosemary Bell, a grieving young widow, lost her husband to cancer and gives up her prestigious life as an artist. She moves to Pleasant Bay to mourn … Continue reading

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Dear Agent,   Surviving on her own comes naturally to sixteen-year-old Evangeline comma whether it’s squatting in vacant apartments, crashing on Charlie’s couch, or sleeping in a nearby tree. It has to be. If she’s not careful comma Evy will … Continue reading

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There are a few questions that, as a writer, I get asked all the time. One of the most common ones is this: where do I get my ideas? When I answer, “I made them up”, almost 100% of the … Continue reading

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