Query Hack: Critique #14 – MG Urban Fantasy

Dear Query Hack, Obsessed with his father’s murder, Leonidas discovers he’s a descendant of the legendary monster hunter Abraham van Helsing. And therefore, a target of the monsters responsible for his dad’s death. Neato story premise! I like that we're quickly acquainted with Leonidas' abilities/family history, but I found myself wanting a hook about Leonidas … Continue reading Query Hack: Critique #14 – MG Urban Fantasy

iWriterly Video: Self vs. Traditional Publishing: Part 1 | Collab with Natalia Leigh

Learn some of the reasons that go into deciding if you should self-publish (vs. traditionally-publish), where self-published authors can cut if they're on a tight budget, what aspects you shouldn't skimp on, why beta readers/critique partners are crucial, author platform, and more in this special collaboration with Natalia Leigh, indie author of HIGH BORN and … Continue reading iWriterly Video: Self vs. Traditional Publishing: Part 1 | Collab with Natalia Leigh

Query Hack: Critique #13 – Picture Book

Dear Query Hack, I'd like to present SOUNDS LIKE HOME, a 470 word picture book, about an immigrant child who feels lost and alone in her new surroundings, until she plays her flute. Awesome story concept! However, be careful of your punctuation. This first sentence should read: "I'd like to present SOUNDS LIKE HOME, a … Continue reading Query Hack: Critique #13 – Picture Book

Query Hack: Twitter Pitch, Critique #12 – YA Science Fiction

HEYA, BOOK NERDS! In case you missed it, we have now added Twitter pitch critiques to Query Hack.   WHAT IS QUERY HACK? Query Hack is a query critique platform launched by the iWriterly team where writers have the opportunity to submit their book queries and Twitter pitches for FREE feedback from an industry professional. As part of iWriterly’s mission to give back to … Continue reading Query Hack: Twitter Pitch, Critique #12 – YA Science Fiction

Query Hack: Critique #11 – NA Thriller

Dear Query Hack, Lucy isn't a killer, but Jean Rose must die. Girl of Fire is the story of twenty-seven-year-old Lucy, who goes by the alias of Phoenix when she's taking on her role as an assassin in the dark world of killing come to be known as The Underworld. She's an exceptional assassin because … Continue reading Query Hack: Critique #11 – NA Thriller