Savvy Authors Blog: How to Write Specific vs. Vague Conflict in a Query

The purpose of a query is to entice a literary agent or editor to read (more of) your manuscript. Some literary agents will only read the manuscript pages if the query entices them enough, other agents will read both the query and pages for each submission they receive, and yet others will read the pages … Continue reading Savvy Authors Blog: How to Write Specific vs. Vague Conflict in a Query

CLASS ANNOUNCEMENT: Query-Writing Boot Camp 2.0 with SavvyAuthors on 09/24/2018 (Plus Limited-Time Discount!)

ANNOUNCEMENT: Meg will be teaching a one-week query-writing class with SavvyAuthors, starting September 24, 2018.   Query-Writing Boot Camp 2.0   Course Description: Just like writing a book is a skill acquired through hard work and practice, so is writing a query letter. A query is essentially a pitch for your novel in the form … Continue reading CLASS ANNOUNCEMENT: Query-Writing Boot Camp 2.0 with SavvyAuthors on 09/24/2018 (Plus Limited-Time Discount!)

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

Query Hack: Critique #4 – Adult Literary Fiction

Dear Query Hack, I think The Flametenders will pique your interest because of your desire to represent literary fiction that is accessible. It is historically accurate without being intimidating and contains many magical elements that are aligned with what was practiced by Pagans in Ancient Rome during this time period. Manuscript titles should be written … Continue reading Query Hack: Critique #4 – Adult Literary Fiction

Query Hack: Critique #2 – YA Science Fiction

Dear Query Hack, Karen, Tim, and Mallory are bored teenagers who have learned to hack their government assigned medical nano-bots as a form of recreational drug. These stims give the teens physical enhancements akin to super-powers, but these new abilities come with a price. They are quickly addictive with severe withdrawal symptoms. At night, they … Continue reading Query Hack: Critique #2 – YA Science Fiction

iWriterly Video: How to Write the Perfect Plot Summary for Your Query Letter

In an age where time is precious and emails are plenty, grabbing a literary agent’s attention right away is the key to a successful query letter. There are many ways a query letter can stand out; however, it’s important to remember that the point of a query is to make an agent want to read … Continue reading iWriterly Video: How to Write the Perfect Plot Summary for Your Query Letter