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Send a query letter with the first ten pages of the manuscript via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I like it when a writer tells me why they are querying me, in particular; it shows they have done their homework and they understand the kind of book they've written. The best queries manage to be both concise and elegantly written, and at the same time present a compelling conflict at the heart of their story.
Is strong journalism and column writing considered when judging the talent of a writer seeking to branch out into more creative areas?
If I’m a hermit by choice (find crowds draining, don’t do public speaking well), how does that reduce my chances of being published? Would an agent and/or publisher see that as a marketing...
Is self-publishing my early work going to cost me later in my literary career? Does an agent perceive self-published work as a demerit?
... lucky to have people like Robin Desser and Leigh Feldman (my editor and agent respectively) in my corner. ...
Savoring the Sweet Smell of Success - 01/27/2008
... children inherit, to Robin Desser at Knopf, by Leigh Feldman at Darhansoff, Verrill, Feldman (NA)." I wanted...
Savoring the Sweet Smell of Success - 11/14/2007