How to: write a stellar query

I am throwing my hat into the ring of “how to write a great query” advice. After a lot of research, working on my own query and helping others edit theirs, the below is the way to the most concise, smart way to market your book. Because that’s what a...

Learning to kill your darlings

While I am not a perfect writer, nor a perfect editor, I do think there is one thing I have learned to do relatively well: kill my darlings. As writers, we must be the advocates and fans of our own work; confidence is key to success. However, when a writer is so in...

How to enter agent contests (and stay sane)

Contests. They have become the bread and butter of the social media savvy writer-agent circle. Querying is still an important rite of passage, but increasingly contests are one of the best ways to get your work in front of an agent—and have a decently high chance of...

Find your writing m.o. (or, how to write a novel)

Before I actually managed to write a novel, I scoured the Internet and posts by people who had somehow managed to successfully write one (or many!) to see how on earth they did it. Naturally, now that I have successfully completed a novel (whoot!), it is time for me...

Book titles & branding

Choosing the right title for your book is one of the most important steps in the want-to-be-published process. Yes, titles can (and often do!) change, your writing is important, etc… but titles are branding, and good branding can make or break a pitch. Your...