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What writing conferences do for you

Besides returning home with a sickness that knocks you flat for three days (ugh), conferences are awesome. Attending writing conferences gives you the chance to take workshops from diverse industry experts. You learn about plotting, description, characterization, pacing, and voice in-depth. You hear query letter how-to, promo techniques, and much more. You can have your… Continue reading What writing conferences do for you

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Writing a synopsis, and how it differs from a pitch

Your pitch is 250 words about your book meant to whet the appetite of readers. It’s a less-gimmicky book blurb. (We often call it the query even though the query letter includes word count, genre, comps, and one-sentence bio.) A synopsis is a run-down of the entire plot, start to finish. Most agents ask for… Continue reading Writing a synopsis, and how it differs from a pitch

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A protagonist and her problems

The first sentences of your query must introduce the protagonist and what’s wrong. (The “what’s wrong” may not be the overall conflict, but needs to create tension.) Consider these pitches for Gail Carriger’s SOULLESS: Alexia Tarabotti, an avowed spinster, has no soul. That might be appalling, but Alexia doesn’t give a fig about anyone’s opinion.… Continue reading A protagonist and her problems