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Meet Emile . . . manuscript evaluation survivor~
When I first read through my manuscript with Molli's critiques and suggestions about how to correct plot problems and writing mechanic errors, I felt a bit overwhelmed. However, once I began to revise, chapter by chapter, I found the process to be enlightening. Her manuscript evaluation program has become a writing course I will never forget.
Read more about Emile's experience . . .
Success Stories to inspire you!
The following members of "Molli's Gang" celebrate major achievements.
Best-selling author and renowned canine trainer, "Captain" Arthur Haggerty had a publishing deal with Simon & Schuster, and a disjointed manuscript that prompted an invitation for him to re-write, or else, no publishing deal. "Captain" wasn't clear about how to do this, and asked me to help him make his manuscript work. Which I did. His comments: "Molli, without your re-structuring assistance and editing skills, “How to Teach Your Dog to Talk" might not have made it onto the shelves of Barnes and Noble. Your help is grrrrrr-reatly appreciated!" Available at Amazon.com.
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.
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 wrote 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.
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 tele-seminars and adapted the query techniques I taught to help her 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." She writes non-stop, has published thirteen books with seven more on the horizon. 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.
Nancy Cavanaugh's query letter helped her meet a great agent who was unable to sell her first MG manuscript, and so, switched gears and sold her second story "Ratchet" to Sourcebooks. Then, with one successful book under her belt, Nany's agent was able to convince Sourcebooks to publish her first manuscript, "Always Abigail" in Oct. 2104.
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: Although Nancy writes for youngsters, her stories touch hearts of all ages. In her current novel, Abigail is cast out of the "pompom" girls' inner circle in a saga guaranteed to bring back memories for everyone who ever wanted to belong to the "in" group, but never could quite pull it off until it no longer mattered . . . 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, synopsis, OR manuscript?
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 why your story doesn't work, I'll read your entire manuscript and help you discover and resolve the problem.
Check various evaluation programs on the Story Doctor page.
Various helpful programs are described on my Writers' Services page.
I'm Molli Nickell.
With 35 years of experience in the writing biz, I've been a publisher, Time-Life editor and researcher, keynote and motivational speaker, six-times published author, writers' workshop leader, and, in my way-former life, a Southern California surfer chick.
I'm committed to help 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, it's time to create the query letter and send your story out into the larger world of agents/editors/publishers. WOO-HOO and congratulations to you!
Take a look around my site, sign up for my weekly "story doctor" email, and grab hold of whatever assistance you'll find on my blog. 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 "hook" 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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