Books become books in different ways, but they usually take the same general path. But how does that work? Here's a general sense from a manuscript to a book in hand. #1 - Decide trade vs self-publishing If you want to go into trade publishing, your next step is to get a literary agent. Once … Continue reading How does a book become a book? – part one
At the end of a query letter, it's important to write something about yourself. But...what do you write? Some people write about where they got their college degrees from. Or perhaps how long they've been working on this manuscript. But is that necessary? Let's find out! Degrees (BA OR MFA) Degrees are usually only necessary … Continue reading What credentials should you put in your query letter?
Dear literary agent, I wish we all had more time in the day. We could all use the extra hour or so to get everything we need done. But I promise you, it doesn't take that long to write a sentence or two. To make a short list. To say, "Hey. I liked the query, … Continue reading Dear literary agent
Some writers have to their work completed and edited before submitting a query to an agent. But not all writers. Sound weird? There are two main genres that define how a writer publishes their work in the traditional route: non-fiction and fiction. Fiction queries are the kind of queries that everyone hears about. You finish … Continue reading What writers submit queries and when?
I found this book tag over on My World Of Books blog, and I thought it would be a fun one to do. I hope you enjoy! FAVORITE BOOK(S) OF ALL TIME I have too many books that are my favorites and what I would consider 'a book of all time.' I'll run through a … Continue reading Get To Know Ya Book Tag
At the base line, social media is a good way to connect with agents. Agents talk about their manuscript wish list (#MSWL) from time to time. They list what they're looking for in the next book they represent. Look out for them. You might see one that matches your book. However, warning: do not directly … Continue reading How to use social media when querying
it only takes a second or two to look into their eyes and decide whether you're home or at just another perfectly decorated house Title: Yesterday I Was the Moon Author: Noor Unnahar Genre: nonfiction, poetry Pages: 160 Publication date: March 27th 2018 Publisher: Clarkson Potter Publishers I got Yesterday I Was the Moon as a birthday … Continue reading Book review – Yesterday I Was the Moon (Spoiler Free)
“I make art for the sake of art . . . and for my own selfish gratification, because I’m an artistic monster.” Title: The Only Pirate at the Party Author: Lindsey Stirling Genre: Non-fiction Pages: 254 Publication date: January 12th, 2016 Publisher: Gallery Books As I flip through the pages of The Only Pirate at the Party, I’m reminded … Continue reading Book review – The Only Pirate at the Party (Spoiler Free)
As writers, we all need great books in our lives. Here’s some of the best books I know with synopses from Goodreads: Clockwork Angel – Cassandra Clare – 4.33 rating When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something … Continue reading Best of the best so far in 2017
What are we? Writers! What do we need? Musical inspiration! Well, of course! Here’s some songs I’ve found that have either sparked a story, motivated me to write, or inspired me in general. (I know there are a bunch of songs, but I did go through over 1,500 songs.) Believe in Me – Demi LovatoBleeding … Continue reading 55 songs to inspire creativity