Three of my clients recently celebrated becoming published authors. What a privilege it has been to assist them in achieving their goals of shifting from "writer" to "author."
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!
Meet 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?
Currently, I’m offering 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 one-on-one phone time with me as well as 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. And if you need help in determining what isn't quite working with your story line or completed manuscript, I can help you figure that out. Your choice.
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