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The King Cake Baby – A Query Letter That Worked

The King Cake Baby – A Query Letter That Worked

Sub It Club featured the query letter that lead to the acquisition of my manuscript for The King Cake Baby. To see that post at the SubitClub blog, click here.

Every writer knows the importance of a query letter. A what? That’s what I asked after writing an early draft of my story. Upon learning the purpose of a query and what it entailed, I then set out to learn how to write one. Essentially, it’s a letter that accompanies your manuscript when sending it to an agent or editor and includes the following components: the hook, the book, the cook. Huh?

No worries, at Sub It Club you can learn a lot about how to write a query and more. Writers work hard on perfecting the manuscript they hope to sell. But first you must sell your story idea to an agent or editor through your query. The intent is for the person reading it to want to read your picture book manuscript or pages to your novel that’s attached.

Almost done. There’s more? Yep. To complete the submission process, you must know what agents and or publishing houses are a good fit for your manuscript. Huh?

No worries, hang around the Sub It Club  to learn all about it!

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“Dear Soon To Be Published Author” by Robin LaFevers

“Dear Soon To Be Published Author” by Robin LaFevers

I’ve read, tweeted, posted on FB, blogged, and re-read Robin’s post Dear Soon To Be Published Author with all my writer friends and groups. This is by far some of the most excellent advice given to writers. I am constantly in a battle with Patience. She is annoying, frustrating, and totally inflexible. I feel like an exercise in hurry up and wait. And Doubt is just demeaning.

As a debut author I am both excited and terrified. What resonated with me from Robin’s post is the importance of being our authentic selves. Writing is highly personal and publishing is a tough business. We cannot predict nor control the process or the actions by others. We must remember to be kind to ourselves.

Here’s the link to the post: Dear Soon To Be Published Author

Thanks Robin. Write on.

 

KIDLIT411, A Writer’s Hub

KIDLIT411, A Writer’s Hub

KIDLIT411 is a writer’s hub that provides the connections you need to get to your dream destination, finding a place for your words. The founder, Elaine Kiely Kearns created a one stop information shop for all things related to writing for children. The site launched in January 2014. Elaine’s co-pilot is Sylvia Liu. Sylvia recently won the 2013 Lee and Low New Voices Award and her picture book, A MORNING WITH GONG, is scheduled for publication in Fall 2015.

If you are thinking about writing a children’s book, learning about the industry, and looking to meet others that share your passion for children’s literature, stop by http://www.kidlit411.com/ .  You will be very happy you did.

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Oh My Goodness…Sub It Club One Year Anniversary

Oh My Goodness…Sub It Club One Year Anniversary

Although I am still very new at this writing gig, I have learned something that is obviously not new. And that’s the outpouring of support and opportunity out there for writers.

I recently participated in ReviMO hosted by author Meg Miller just this weekend and completed my last writing prompt for Start the Year Out Write 2014 hosted by author Shannon Abercrombie. I will begin 12X12 with author Julie Hedlund soon and today I found Sub It Club created by Heather Ayris Burnell, Dana Carey and Lisha Cauthen when pursuing the SCBWI (Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) boards. WOWZA.

I think I’ve come full circle! Writing tips, revision tips, and submission tips covers a huge chunk of the creative process. I want to participate in Sub It Club because although I like to write, and really do not mind spending the time to revise, I need to learn when to stop and submit. After all the hard work of writing and revising, my goal is to learn to pitch and query to sub it.

For the club’s first anniversary they have a great one year anniversary giveaways. Writer’s can enter to win a submission opportunity to Ammi-Joan Paquette of Erin Murphy Literary Agency, Karen Grencik of Red Fox Literary, or Mira Reisberg of Hummingbird Literary or a first 15 pages plus query letter critique from agent Sean McCarthy, a Query Package Critique from author Kristine Asselin, or a First Five Pages critique from author Veronica Bartles.

Let’s do this!

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