Success Stories to inspire you!
The following clients celebrate major achievements as they move closer to making that transition from "writer" to "author."
Meet Emily Will, a skillful and determined writer about to become a published author with her first MG novel, "When Parrots Blocked the Sun: The Story of a Taíno Youth." She's now an official member of "The Little Engine that Could" club of writers who keep on keeping on until they reach the top of the mountain.Way to go Emily! CLICK HERE to read more.
Big WOO-HOO to Kim, who won my query letter first paragraph contest and has taken a giant step forward. With my coaching, Kim re-worked her query over and over until we both had it memorized. Then, when she started out on the agent trail, Kim instantly received a request for a full manuscript submission. (More to come I'm sure!). Way to go Kim!
Samantha recently shared the following: "Molli, you helped with my synopsis a couple of years ago. The dream becomes a reality today! Thanks again for your help."
Her book REDEMPTION, becomes the first in a series set in Parson's Gap, a small southern town.
Samantha writes a dynamite opening paragraph:
"Lindy Harrington woke up with the carved wooden grip of her .38 caliber revolver still clutched in her right hand. Nestled between her rib cage and abdomen, the stainless steel cylinder was strangely comforting against her skin. The metallic taste of copper in her mouth reminded her that she was far too familiar with the taste of her own blood."
Find out more about her book at Black Rose Writing.
Even though I'm an English teacher, Molli taught me HOW to write fiction. I LOVE being able to break so many rules and having the freedom to start a sentence with AND or BUT, along with using contractions, because that's how we speak and think! Thanks Molli!
Fran Orenstein, author of nine published books.
A super-duper senior, Fran decided to stop pursuing the lengthy route of agent and publisher and shredded the rejection slips in her file cabinet. Then, she attended my teleseminars and adapted the query techniques I taught to help locate and sign with two publishers: one for her novels and another for her poetry.
An Ever-Ready Bunny writer/promoter who meets and greets writers and readers at book fairs, workshops and presentations, Fran describes herself as being “Busy, busy, busy and loving it." Her website will inspire you. If you’re lucky, you’ll meet Fran at meetings of the Florida Writers Assoc., Florida State Poet's Assoc., and/or National League of American Pen Women. More about Fran on her website.
Don't misunderstand how Nancy came to write a query that interested a fabulous agent. She didn't just "whip" it out. Nobody ever does! Nancy worked (with my assistance) diligently through several drafts until she had identified the core of her story and had crafted a "hook" (the query letter first paragraph) that captivated the interest of her dream agent. Her query is Posted Here.
BTW: The story of RATCHET deals with love, forgiveness, and self-acceptance, issues that touch hearts of all readers. You'll love reading Nancy's book, regardless of your age! Meet Nancy on her website.
If your goal is to become published, I can help you~
Although my clients write everything from Picture Books to Young Adult to Romance to Detective and every genre in between, they all have one thing in common. They've made the mental shift from "telling" to "selling" and switched into "sales" mode. This enabled them to create effective query letters that opened doors into the publishing world and launched their careers as authors.
Love it or hate it, if you want to become traditionally published, you gotta' learn to write a productive query.
This one-page-three-paragraph letter has one purpose: to "hook" the interest of the agent/editor/publisher so they'll request a manuscript submission.
And yes, while it is true that you'll also have to write a one-page synopsis and a captivating manuscript first page, the query is where it all begins.(Even if you eventually decide to self-publish your book, once you know how to write a slam-dunk query and synopsis, you'll have these sales tools to use in your marketing efforts.)
Do you need help with your query or synopsis?
I offer budget-friendly consultation programs to help you learn how to apply selling techniques to your marketing documents (query, synopsis, first page). The program can include a 30-minute, one-on-one phone discussion, plus written evaluation on three drafts of the marketing document of your choice.
Your consultation also can be devoted to evaluation of the first ten pages of your manuscript, pitch practice, editing of your entire manuscript, and/or a discussion of the potentials and pitfalls of self-publishing. Or, if you need help in determining whatever doesn't quite work with your story line or completed manuscript, I can help you figure that out. Check various evaluation programs on the Story Doctor page.
Writer's Services for more information.
Hi there, I'm Molli Nickell.
How about giving yourself the gift that keeps on giving? I'm speaking of coaching that will help you jump start your writing career so you can achieve your goal of becoming published?
With 35-years experience in the writing biz and having authored six published books, I will assist you as a story/book doctor, editor, and writing/marketing coach.
My background includes being a publisher, Time-Life editor and researcher, keynote and motivational speaker, workshop leader, and (in my way-former life), Southern California surfer chick.
In addition, I will help you learn to write a query letter, synopsis, and first page. You'll need these three marketing documents to successfully navigate the publishing maze.
I'm committed to helping you achieve your end goal of agent, publisher, and shelf space at Barnes and Noble.
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Here's some good news, and some not-so good news about getting published.
Your first challenge, of course, is to write something people will want to read.
If you're stuck, or unclear about what might not be working with your manuscript, I can help you figure out the problem and the solution.
For more information about my services as the "Story Doctor, CLICK HERE.
If your manuscript is polished and ready to go, WOO-HOO and Congratulations to you!
Now it's time for you to shift your mindset from "telling" to "selling" as you prepare to move from writer to published author.
Information about writing an effective query letter, one-page synopsis, and captivating manuscript first page fills the pages of this website.
(To make the learning process more fun, occasionally I offer writing contests. Winners receive a free one-hour consultation with me to help revise their query, synopsis, or first page--whatever is needed. Plus, the winning entry is posted on this website.)
Take a look around and grab hold of whatever will help you. If you need personalized assistance from me, I'm here.
Thanks for dropping by.
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BTW: I'm offering a useful tool, my 39-page Query Sales Pitch e-workbook, absolutely FREE. Information and exercises in this workbook will help you understand more about the query letter and how to get started writing yours. Click Here for more information.
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Now that Writer's Digest has published my book on writing picture books, I want to "thank you" for your encouragement and help. I couldn't have done it without you.
Ann Paul, children's book author
Molli does a great job with the query. Her changes on mine made a difference in the number of requests I received. AND, I’m now represented by one of the agents who responded to the query she helped me revise.
T.J. Bones, Producer/Writer
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How might I assist you in achieving your goals of agent/publisher/shelf space at Barnes and Noble? Contact me using this form.