I agree 100%! There is so much contradicting information out there! It's difficult to decipher what is right. See, you've read that tidbit and I've read they only want to read a letter querying one novel, at a time. I don't…"
"Thanks, Candy. Sorry it's taken me so long to respond to your comments - I've been trying to wrap my head around the differences between querying UK agents vs. US agents and have ignored our community as a result.
"Dear EK, in this version, we get a better grip on what Earl wants (to keep his son from the devastating V. War), and more of what happens in the story. Good job.
I think it would be best to leave out the graph regarding the future book. You can let…"
"Hi Michelle. I've read your query twice and the writing is clear, concise, and structurally great. However, the first time, I was sort of scratching my head wondering if this was fiction or creative non-fiction a la Truman Capote…"
"Hi Candy! I posted a revised query below but think it was in a fit of pique that I wrote it. So, here goes... And again, I do appreciate your feedback!
Dear (Agent Name):
I have recently completed a 65,000-word novel, The…"
"Hello, fellow MHC'er! I very much agree with Michelle & Nancy. I think you need to really trim this and one way you might want to get started is to think about your novel in 3 main bullet points. What's the story?…"
"Hi Candy. Thanks for your interest and insight. Actually, thank you all!
So, I put it aside, ate soup and watched t.v. and this is what I've come up with. I think I've managed to incorporate all of your…"
"EK, Try adding some of what happens in the story. Show us what Earl Younger or whomever your mc is, what he or she wants. Think about drawing the reader into the story by showing them why your novel is a *must* read. :))
I do think that…"
"Michelle, you are totally right. It's hard finding a balance with these things. Am I telling too much or too little? Since I don't have a "platform" am I padding my bio so it doesn't look as meager as it…"
"Congrats on the MS request. That must be very exciting.
Please take into consideration that I am in no way an expert on the subject, hell I haven't sent out a single query so I am not even a novice on the subject.
I have to ask, what is…"
"I really wish I had found the both of you before I sent any of my queries out! And Perri, it's funny that you assumed it's a Southern novel (of which I am a huge fan) but it's actually Northeastern PA - farms and coal…"
I'm no expert in query letters, but I love the idea that "love can have disastrous consequences". I want to know more details about that. it feels like you are hinting without letting slip the kind of intriguing details…"
Thank you so much for your welcome and your thoughtful response. I agree with you entirely regarding naming the specific number of agents queried and take to heart your comments on comparisons and writing groups. I think…"
I am a former copywriter (though I still do a bit on the side) and have recently completed my first novel. After moving to London from New York and having experienced first hand the sorry state of many London restaurants, I've begun to blog reviews of some really great and really horrible spots here. It's totally basic but hopefully that will change when I have some free time... http://restaurantsandrants.blogspot.com/
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EK, I just opened the door to the novelist group for you - welcome! You might introduce yourself by telling us what you’re working on in the “Show Me Your Novel and I’ll Show You Mine” discussion if you're not too uncomfortable talking about what you're working on. And we do a live chat every Wednesday; hope you can join us for that!
"Cynthia, Just waving hello. If you’re looking for places to connect here, we’d love to have you join us in the Novelists (Struggling or Not) group. I hope you’re enjoying exploring SheWrites, and best of luck with your…"
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