Writing the Perfect Query Letter

Your query letter is the key. The key to the door. The key to the door of the office of the literary agent who knows the phone numbers of editors at publishing houses who might maybe consider publishing your work. Reading back over that, I realize it sounds a bit … Continue Reading →

Valentine’s Day: TLN Edition

I might be So and So in this video, although I’ve always related more to What’s Her Face. It’s that time of year again. The time were couples go out and do the whole “I Love You” thing. The time where coffee shops make bank on first dates. The time … Continue Reading →

Getting Published: Acquiring an Agent

  Ah, literary agents. The high holy grail for many writers, myself included. Side note: “land an agent” always makes me think of fishing…which is rather apt, as metaphors go. Write that tasty bait! Write it! Ahem. Back to the point: if traditional publishing is your goal, then finding good … Continue Reading →

Writing Playlists: Getting Into Character

I’ve always been the sort of person that has to have music all the time. No matter what I’m doing, I’m listening to music. Even when I read, I find a good film score or some classical to listen to. Part of that habit started because I was an avid … Continue Reading →

The Polish Revision (cue panic!)

  Revision #3: Polish pol-ish \PAHL-ish\ v. (Middle English: from Old French poliss-, lengthened stem of polir ‘to polish’,from Latin polire)  1.to make smooth and glossy, especially by rubbing or friction;   2. to render finished, refined, or elegant. When it comes to revising a manuscript, I’d wager a guess that there are as many methods as there are writers. I personally know writers who never revise (not even once!) and others who think … Continue Reading →