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Writing the perfect query May 12, 2010

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Via booksandsuch.biz There is no such thing as a perfect query, but there is such as thing as studying your preferred agent and catering to his/her tastes when you write your tantalizing e-mail.

Wendy Lawton had written three blog posts about how to write a good query.
In part one she tackles misconceptions about queries.
Part two is about what Wendy like to see and not see in a query.
In part three, Wendy shows what can happen when you try too hard to be funny.

On a side note, Chip McGregor has announced the winner of his (worst) poetry of the year contest. Some writing friends won awards, of whom I am very proud. 😀

To see the winning entries, visit Chip’s site.

 

 

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Query help May 3, 2010

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There’s nothing like a short and sweet post. 🙂

This fabulous Web site can help us all: Online promotion made easy. Use it for promotions, and it is also a perfect tool to use when writing a book query. You can find out in minutes how many books are already in print that cover your topic, and what the sales figures are like for them.

And for something completely different . . . I just read this fascinating article on the lack of Jewish fantasy writers, and I wanted to share it with you.

 

 

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Submission package scholarships March 20, 2010

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Writer’s Relief, Inc. is offering three writers the chance to win a Peter K. Hixson Memorial Scholarship for Creative Writers.

” . . . a scholarship fund so that up-and-coming writers might have the opportunity to advance their careers with the help of Writer’s Relief.”

Writer’s Relief is a company that helps writers to find markets for their writing, but Writer’s Relief does more than that—it helps writers prepare cover letters, query letters, and submission packages. The scholarships offered will cover the cost of these services.

Three awards will be made, one in each of the following genres:
Novel
Short Prose (Story or Essay)
Poetry

“Three writers will each receive two rounds of A La Carte PLUS submissions valued at over $500 per scholarship. Our A La Carte PLUS service includes cover or query letter creation and targeting to 25+ literary agents or journals.”

Applications must be received between April 1, 2010, and midnight on April 23, 2010.

There is no fee to apply.

To learn more, the submission guidelines and dates are here.

 

 

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Research resources February 4, 2010

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I’m currently writing an article on how to get teenage boys to work when all they want to do is play video games and ignore their mothers. Because this epidemic is viral, perhaps I should charge for the advice. . . . 😀

So where does a girl go to get the information she needs for such an article?
The local bookstore
Personal experience
Friends
Forums
HARO
The local library

I went to the bookstore rather than the library this time, because I had to kill time and I wanted the most up-to-date books on the subject. I had my notebook, I had extra shots in my fancy coffee (that I deserved because I was working), I had half a shelf of parenting books; and I folded myself into a corner of the coffee area to take notes.

When it comes to personal experience, all most people want to know is a) that you can identify with their pain, and b) what you did to fix the problem. The same goes for stories from friends. If you can tell the story with humor, all the better. People need to laugh at themselves or they might cry.

I posted a question on a forum I enjoy—one that has a high level of interaction—and within hours I had many responses on what other moms do with their sons. While I won’t quote these in my article unless I have express permission from the women who wrote them, it’s always good to have a variety of opinions and suggestions. I never put last names in articles, especially, in this case, when moms are bemoaning the laziness of their children.

HARO (Help a Reporter Out) is something I am relatively new to, but it is a wonderful place for reporters and writers to glean from the savviness of experts. HARO sends out an e-mail 2-3 times a day to their 80,000 subscribers with a list of questions needing input. So let’s say I want to break open the story of a politician’s illegitimate child—I could post a query that looks something like this:

Seeking news on personal life of politicians. (Anonymous)

Reporter is looking for the low and dirty on politicians in the city of Washington D.C. All sourced will remain anonymous.

Ok, I am seriously just kidding about this one, because I hate people exposing others when they aren’t exactly shining angels themselves; nevertheless, I think you get the idea.

The library is also a fabulous place to find info. on just about everything. You have current magazines, books, reference books, etc. all waiting for you to delve into them. The librarians usually love being asked for help, too.

Perhaps you have loads of ideas for articles but you have no idea how to go about getting your writing into magazines. That’s another topic, but basically you find the magazines you’d like to write for (start small), and query the editors with your ideas. Here is some help on how to write those queries:
How to write a query letter.
How to write a successful query.
Writing a bulletproof article query.

Good luck!

 

 

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