In the last couple of weeks, I've seen a huge rise in passive-aggressive overtones in query letters. I'm not sure if it's just trending on its own or if a new piece of advice has been posted somewhere and lots of people are following it. I make a commitment to avoid calling out specific query [...]
Doing a bit of catch-up here... I did a fun guest post for the Dead Robots Society, which can be found here. It's all about adding value to your query and succeeding in the slush pile. Enjoy!
In preparation for the open submissions period I'm reading for at Dragon Moon Press, I posted a list of quick last-minute tips for sending out query letters. Here's the continuation. Tips, part two: some helpful things to keep in mind when giving your queries a last look-over, to help you avoid some common mistakes. In [...]
Unless otherwise stated, publishers and agents usually want you to select your strongest manuscript, or the one that best fits their guidelines, and just query one. If they're open to multiple submissions, they'll say so. if they don't say so, just pick one to send. Hinting that you have other completed manuscripts is enough. If [...]
With Dragon Moon Press about to reopen for submissions in a couple of days, I thought I would take the opportunity to refresh readers on some helpful things to keep in mind when giving your queries a last look-over, to help you avoid some common mistakes. In no particular order: If you know the name [...]