Monthly Archives: October 2014

Queries

It seems like that time of year again: querying agents. Here are some resources I have used to draft queries. When you get published, you can thank me in the acknowledgements. Teehee.

*An agent rips apart, I mean, gently critiques query letters sent in by writers, on the Query Shark blog.

*Agent Nathan Bransford’s blog is full of great information for writers, including this on the anatomy of a good query letter.

*Young adult author, Elana Johnson, has an awesome e-book From the Query to the Call, that walks you through the whole process of writing a great query.

*Jane Friedman’s The Complete Guide to Query Letters that Get Manuscript Requests

*Agent Rachelle Gardner has lots of great advice about the publishing industry. Here’s How to Write a Query Letter.

*Writer’s Relief posted Anatomy of a Query Letter in the Huffington Post.

*Media Bistro offers 23 Literary Agent Query Letters That Worked

Please share your favorite query resource or advice in the comments.

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Freelance

Many of you know that I’ve spent much of the past year and a half writing freelance projects. I have written five non-fiction books for kids learning English as part of a larger series for children in grades 1 through 6. The first of these will be published at the end of this month.

It’s very exciting that soon I will see the product of my labors. Soon I will actually get to hold my own book in my hands. (And despite the freelance project I got paid for 3 years ago, but have yet to see in the real world, I will finally be able to call myself a published author.)

I used a pen name for this series. These books are different than my novels, and I want to keep that part of my writing life separate.

When I first started writing, I refused to even consider freelance writing. I only wanted to write what I wanted to write. I only wanted to develop my own ideas. But when my youngest went off to kindergarten, I needed to go back to work, and I didn’t want to lose my writing time. That’s when I looked into freelance.

I have still managed to work on novels during this time. You’ll hear more about my fiction soon.

Thanks for sticking with me throughout this long journey!

How do you protect your writing time?

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