Where is the Query Fairy?

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I have met many writers who have a fear of the query letter. I never understood it until I had to do one myself. I read as much information as I could find and still there didn’t seem to be an easy answer as to how best to write a query. I was wondering if there was a Query Fairy out there somewhere who could help. There is help.

There are lots of Query Fairy’s out on the web. They are out there with their magic wands spreading their fairy dust all around. One in particular is Noah Lukeman. Of course, he may not consider himself a fairy, but he still offers help in writing a great query letter and he even offers a free download with tips and resources to help get you started.

I have downloaded the book and read it more than once, more than twice and I have utilized the tips. I created a few query letters and the world didn’t blow up. I was rejected but not because of my query letter. I was rejected because a similar story idea or article was just accepted or it wasn’t something they were interested in at the time. Now, rejection is rejection but I look at the bright side of the situation, I received personal notes and comments from the editors. I was happy about that. I was not expecting personal notes. What that says to me is that my query letter was good enough for them to stop, read and comment. I passed the test.

So, maybe I’m wrong but I choose not to think that. I might mention, that it wasn’t just Noah Lukeman, I have been surfing around and absorbing everything I see in regards to how to write a query letter.  It’s been a while since I have sent any out. I have hope that someday soon my idea; my project will be taken in and shared with all of you.

How to Write a Great Query Letter: Inside Tips & Techniques for Success, by Noah Lukeman

Happy Writing!

Free Events For Writer’s

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The Mysterious, Hilarious, Frustrating, Rewarding, Wonderful World of Writing

This event was hosted by the Kansas City Public Library. It was a free event for writer’s. Whenever I get the chance I make an effort to attend free events like this. Visitors get a chance to ask questions of authors who are in the business and can give insight in regards to the world of publication.

The authors on the stage were Nancy Pickard and Sally Goldenbaum.

Pickard’s The Scent of Rain and Lightning was a best-seller and was named one of the top novels of 2010 by Barnes & Noble, The Kansas City Star and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She is the author of 17 other novels, many short stories, and a non-fiction book for writers.

Goldenbaum is the author of more than 30 novels, including the Seaside Knitters mystery series. The fifth book in the series, The Wedding Shawl, will be published in May.

What did I learn? Well, nothing I didn’t really already know but I got to ask a question and this experience got me thinking about my manuscript. Here are some things to think about:

  • Go to coffee shops and libraries to write.
  • Get a writing buddy to stay focused and bounce ideas off of each other.
  • Write everyday even if it’s just a few words.
  • Take the time to enjoy your writing and your accomplishments.
  • Know your protagonist before you start your book.
  • Connect with your geographical area before you start writing.
  • Try to plot or create a synopsis even though it may change later.
  • Consider an agent for your fiction. They know the industry.
  • Look at books on the subject of what you are writing.
  • If you decide to self publish be sure to edit very well.
  • Always respect your editor.

Just remember the next time you have an opportunity to attend a free event or even a paid event, do it. It pays to network and get the inside scoop. Happy Writing!

Writers Resources – Expert Databases

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If you want to write a non-fiction article or book where would you go to ask an expert? Do you really need to spend all of your time in a public library researching? What if you have a question about a specific topic? There is help out there if you need it. You just gotta know where to find it. Check out the sites below and let me know your thoughts.

www.allexperts.com = A question and answer service.

www.almexperts.com = Helps with legal, real estate, financial questions.

www.askanexpert.com = Help from everyday people who happen to be experts on specific interests.

www.expertclick.com = You can search for a particular expert in regards to a particular category.

www.mediaresource.org = Instant help with a science project.

I am sure there are a ton more out there, but hopefully this will help get you started. Happy writing!