Query Hack: Critique #22 – YA Contemporary with #LGBTQ + Fantasy Elements

Dear Query Hack, 16-year-old Nessa Cruz wants to disappear. Better that than dealing with the aftermath of becoming Tumblr’s viral meme ‘Horror Anime Girl.’ The best she can do is vanish with her squad of awkward friends during lunch to an empty classroom, which has become their HQ. But when new girl Thadir wilts under … Continue reading Query Hack: Critique #22 – YA Contemporary with #LGBTQ + Fantasy Elements

Savvy Authors Blog: Filler Words to Remove From Your Novel

All writers want their prose to read smoothly and have the reader fully engaged without being pulled from the story due to an overabundance of unnecessary words that make sentences read clunkier. These unnecessary words are often referred to as “filler words.” Filler words aren’t necessarily “bad” words, and they have their place in the … Continue reading Savvy Authors Blog: Filler Words to Remove From Your Novel

Query Hack: Twitter Pitch, Critique #8 – Adult Psychological Thriller

Heya, book nerds!  As a result of a poll I ran on Twitter, we have now added Twitter pitch critiques to Query Hack! If you aren't already following me/iWriterly on Twitter (or our other social media channels), be sure to come join the fun, as I'm always running surveys and tweeting out writing/editing/querying advice. And, … Continue reading Query Hack: Twitter Pitch, Critique #8 – Adult Psychological Thriller

Savvy Authors Blog: How Genre & Category Impact Your Ability to Get Published

For writers beginning their querying career, one of the key questions you will be asked is this: what genre is your book in? However, as you may surmise, that’s a rather loaded question. Perhaps your tale takes place both on Earth and in another medieval world, features new mythical creatures, and your protagonist is at … Continue reading Savvy Authors Blog: How Genre & Category Impact Your Ability to Get Published