I've assisted the following writers navigate
the query submission learning curve~
the query submission learning curve~
QUERY SUBMISSION DOCUMENTS (query, synopsis, first pages)~
Jenny B., a Faulkner Award winning author, comments:
Molli’s query workshop and "How to Write a Query that Lands an Agent" book
have been more than helpful. I now have a much better handle on how
to write a query and synopsis than I did before.
Well worth the time and money.
Author R. Mac Wheeler comments:
Molli helped me, early in my career, learn to tighten up query letters, pitches, and the introductory pages of my novels. Her words stick with me almost a decade later, as I prepare to publish novel 29. Her insightful concepts improved my writing ten-fold. Many kudos for her industry moxy.
Author John Rehg comments:
I've observed Molli Nickell in action. She teaches writers to hone selling points, focus the pitch, write a synopsis, and and land an agent: vital first steps toward becoming published. Her humor and kindness will put you at ease while you gain new skills. I’ve personally witnessed several successes—including my own—that came about after her students learned to apply her techniques.
Author Samantha Charles revised and revised to craft an effective query and synopsis and
comments: Today I achieved my goal of signing a publishing contract. Thanks Molli, for helping me get here!
Author Heather Ashby struggled to craft her query letter using the same captivating "voice" she had used in her story. She comments:
Molli encouraged me to break rules and enjoy the freedom to start a sentence with AND or BUT, along with using contractions, because that's how we speak and think!
A super-duper senior, author Fran Orenstein, shredded the rejection slips in her
file cabinet, adapted my query techniques, and approached publishers on her own.
13 (thirteen) of her books have been published, with at least that many more in her pipeline. She comments, Thanks Molli, for encouraging me to follow my heart and
go out on my own.
Florida Writers' Association Critique group leader, Bria Burton, comments:
After Molli’s evaluation of my query letter and pitch, my book got its foot in the door when both an agent and a publisher at the Florida Writers' Association conference requested a manuscript submission.
Author Nancy Cavanaugh's query helped her acquire a great agent and publisher for her
MG series. She comments: Molli, RATCHET might not be here (on the shelf at Barnes
and Noble) if it weren't for you and your query letters.
Emile, a talented and determined writer on her way to becoming an author, comments:
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 her "LeapFrog" process
to become a writing course I will never forget. Molli lives up to her reputation with
a talent for mixing “tough love” evaluation and tension-releasing wit. I'm a devoted protégé.
Emily Will comments:
Molli discovered a writing mechanic error that ran throughout my manuscript.
After revision, I located a publisher . . . and am about to become an overnight
success after six years of writing, revising, and submitting 85 query letters.
Author/speaker Ed Felder comments:
Molli’s blessed with the Midas touch. She breathes life into stories that are hanging by a thread!
Bill, another writer heading for author-hood, commented: After years of struggle, a 45-minute consultation with Molli revealed issues that had held me back. My biggest regret is not working with her years earlier. She's that good.
Author "Captain" Haggerty sealed a publishing deal with Simon & Schuster after a major structural revision of his manuscript. He 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!"
David Edmonds, writers' group leader in Florida comments: Molli's delightful
little Self-Editing book of inspiration, how-to, and don't-do, is easy to read and beautifully crafted. Every wannabe novelist should read it. You can bet I'll recommend the book to my critique group.
Jo S. Kittinger, Co-Regional Advisor, Southern Breeze SCBWI comments:
Molli worked with us creatively to find a way to bring her to our conference to teach
first-ever Friday intensive the day before our Fall Conference. We sold out with several on a waiting list. Molli received rave reviews about the intensive and
her conference workshops. I highly recommend her.
Kaye Coppersmith, Wordsworth Editing and former leader, Florida Writer's Association, commented:
PERFECTING YOUR PITCH was one of the most productive workshops FWA, Tampa, has ever hosted. We learned that we ain't near to pitch perfect yet, but we're learning how to get there. Really valuable stuff. Thanks Molli.
Ned Johnson, St. Petersburg College Instructor, comments:
Molli, can't begin to thank you for the fabulous Publishing Workshop you gave my students today. Your professional attitude, combined with your marvelous sense of humor, kept the students talking beyond class.
Sandra Kischuk, Tampa Writers' Alliance leader, comments:
Molli’s an amazing speaker and writing expert. At our Tampa Writers’ Alliance First-Page Workshop, she read (out loud) and evaluated our first pages on the spot. Each of us received valuable insight about what worked and what didn’t. Every writer benefited from the personal attention and encouragement she gave us.