I make words (and so can you!) is a podcast hosted by one traditionally published author and one not-so-traditionally published author making their way in the book world.  

Episode 102: I have a book. Now what?

In which Marni and Diana talk about the art of the query/pitch. What goes into one, one doesn't, and how the whole process will make you crazy.


A look at some queries...

Diana's first query for  Spooked.

Diana's first query for Spooked.


Diana's revised query for  Spooked. , vastly improved with Marni's assistance.

Diana's revised query for Spooked., vastly improved with Marni's assistance.

Responses to Queries

Sometimes you get an auto-response that looks like this...

Sometimes you get an auto-response that looks like this...

Sometimes you get a polite brush off based solely on your query...

Sometimes you get a polite brush off based solely on your query...

And sometimes you get close, they ask for and read the whole book, and then decide it's still not quite right...

And sometimes you get close, they ask for and read the whole book, and then decide it's still not quite right...


#coinedit
Quitching - The desire to quit because querying and pitching are miserable processes.
— Marni Bates

Bonus content

Pitch Wars is a mentoring program where published/agented authors, editors, or industry interns choose one writer each to mentor. Mentors read the entire manuscript and offer suggestions on how to make the manuscript shine for the agent showcase. The mentor also helps edit their mentee’s pitch for the contest and their query letter for submitting to agents. Mentors can participate solo or pair up and co-mentor. Visit http://pitchwars.org/new-start-here for more information.


This episode was written and recorded by Marni Bates and Diana Rosengard. 
This episode edited by Diana Rosengard.
Our theme song is "Jazz Cafe" by Jam Morgan, used under Creative Commons license, from www.taketones.com.
"I Make Words (And So Can You!)" is a Snoozletime Media production, a division of Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Publishing, LLC.

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