Thursday, March 31, 2011

Queries and other minutiae

Hi everyone who is here from Matt's blog. For those of you who aren't, my query is up for revisions over at the Quintessentially Questionable Query Experiment here. Go check it out. Matt is amazing for putting up with my "Um, so, I don't know how this works, but d'you think you could...." email. It's the kind of thing that comes from trying to get myself out there in the YA world!

Unfortunately this post, the first for some people, might be quite boring! Not much has been going on here. I spent the past three days working to get my new Verizon iPhone activated. Now that it is the score is Apple 2--for being consistently nice Verizon 1/2--for finally finding the problem on their end.

Gotta love the Genius Bar. And I do.

My friend--who is currently reading Background Vocals--and I were chatting the other day and she gave me a blurb I can never use for the book, but I'll share it with you all because you've read the query (right?)

"It's what Izzy Willy Nilly should have been".  This inspired a post about the evolution of issue-books that will probably be up in the next few days, so stay tuned for that!


  1. Welcome to the blogosphere!!


  2. Saw your query up on Matthew's blog and wanted to say, "Hi!"

  3. Likewise, I read your query and your book sounds intriguing.

    Matt will probably tell you this, but I have had great success with including marketing information in my queries... i.e. "Readers of Stephen King and Dean Koontz will find this book right at home on their shelves... I have a social media network of more than XXX contacts, which I will leverage to help build momentum for this title. In addition, I have contacts in XX local media outlets and am sure I can secure news placement upong launch." It helps publishers know that they don't shoulder the entire responsibility for printing and marketing your book-- an author who is committing right up front to be an active promoter is a good thing.

    Just some unsolicited (but I hope welcome) advice. Welcome to the blogosphere. I am relatively new here myself-- I've been blogging since November when my novel published-- but have already found great joy and delight in the awesome community of amazing writers I have found.