Getting a Literary Agent: Query Writing (Part Two)

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Let’s get back to the submissions guidelines.

Every agency and publishing house is different. When I first started query writing, I thought that if I had the manuscript finished (a must before you start querying, unless you’re a writer of non-fiction), the query letter written¬†(that could be catered to each separate agent or publisher), and a 1-2 page synopsis drafted, I would have all the tools I needed. I didn’t bother with an outline because I was under the impression that those were only asked for, for non-fiction manuscripts.

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Interview with Dan Alatorre, Co-host of the YouTube Show, “Writers Off Task With Friends” & GIVEAWAY!!

Writers Off Task With Friends: Dan Alatorre, Allison Maruska, and J.A. Allen

What comes after writing a book? How do people find time to write? What goes into getting published? Is it better to self publish or traditionally publish? Is social media necessary as a writer?

I see these questions come up a lot. So many fledgling writers want to know what to expect.

The hosts of Writers Off Task With Friends, authors Dan Alatorre, Allison Maruska, and J.A. Allen, address these questions and more, on their weekly video show.

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Why Blog? The Importance of Social Media

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This post was originally seen on J.A. Allen’s blog, Scribbles on Cocktail Napkins. I was given the opportunity to guest post, once again (see my post Finding Time to Write which also first appeared on her blog), for winning one of her Sunday Scribbles Challenges. These little bits of flash fiction are always a lot of fun to write, and I highly recommend taking a look and posting an entry yourself! Now, let’s get back to business…

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What I am Working On : Editing Adeline and the Mystic Berries

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Updated: 5/21/16

This past week I have begun another round of edits for the first book I ever wrote, Adeline and the Mystic Berries. With lots of amazing feedback from agents, I thought it important that I gather help in regards to editing.

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Finding Time to Write : A NanoWriMo Story

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“Finding Time to Write” was originally seen as a guest post that I did on writer, J.A. Allen’s blog, Scribbles on Cocktail Napkins. I had won a flash fiction challenge that she hosts on her blog each week called, “Sunday Scribbles Challenge” (view my winning entry here).

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A to Z Challenge: Z is for Zzzz’s and Catching Some When You’re a Writer

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Ideas running through your head at all hours of the day. Frantically searching for a pen and paper to write them down for fear they’ll be forgotten. Worrying you aren’t making enough progress on achieving your goals. Getting up an hour early just so you have that extra time to work on more stuff: social media, blog, book, and the list goes on.

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A to Z Challenge: Y is for Yelling at your Computer

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Have you ever written 20,000 words for your new manuscript and had your computer crash before you could hit the “Save” button? Luckily, I haven’t but I’ve heard horror stories from writers who did.

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A to Z Challenge: X is for X-ing Out “Killing Your Darlings”

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When I sat at my computer, staring at my manuscript for the umpteenth time, there was a part that would still hold me up every time I’d read it. It was in the first couple chapters and it slowed down the flow of the story to little more than a crawl. I had to find a way to jump my readers into the story so they’d make it past those first pages, or I’d lose them right at the start.

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A to Z Challenge: U is for Understanding Our Flaws in Writing

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As writers, we all have certain tendencies. There are things that we each do when we write that should be avoided, yet we are helpless to stop ourselves from doing them. These are our crutches in writing: the things we need to look out for while editing, because we know they’ll be there. They always are.

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