Editors Work from the Gut

I remember when my job was editing. It’s not a simple job. You’re not 100% certain how your audience will react to certain pieces that you approve for publishing or how many people will buy a book you recommended be published. You just have to listen to...

10 Steps to Writing Query Letters that Sell

In everything you do, there’s a slow way and a fast way. Personally, I’m a preparer. I like to figure out what I’m going to do and then, execute my plan. That’s what writing great query letters is all about. So, in case you’re the...

Writing Query Letters Is Really Fun

New writers tend to cringe when they hear about query letters. They seem so “non-creative,” and so business-y and lacking in entertainment value. But lemme tell ya… Writing query letters can be a blast! At least, they are for me. You see, I’m a...

Writing the Killer Query Letter

That’s never been a problem for me, and query letters, but selling work before it’s done does scare some people. You can always create an outline of your idea first, if that makes you feel more secure. But let me tell you… Once you start writing...

Feeling Your Paragraphs

Oh, yeah… I’m not really the touchy-feely type, but when it comes to art, that’s what happens. When you’re looking at a painting, you’re seeing color, subject, and design, and the combination of all of those will evoke an emotional...

The Methodical Approach to Pargraphing

Is there really one? I’m guessing that in English class, if you’re in the 3rd grade there is. But let’s think about some modern literature… How about Frank McCourt‘s Angela’s Ashes. It’s one of the best books I ever read, and...