And if you’re a fiction author slogging your way through the query trenches, it’s hard not to feel alone, flustered, and frustrated.
Having sent hundreds of queries and received hundreds of rejections, I know just how brutal the querying and submission process can be. Distilling your brilliant story down to a 250-word query is arguably more difficult than writing the blasted thing in the first place.
That’s why having a professional editor behind you can make all the difference.
I’ve coached dozens of authors through the process of querying, submitting, and finding their agents.*
*I even do it for free. (See below.)
If you’re looking for some query TLC, you can book a flat-fee submission package for $150. This includes:
- Two developmental, structural, and line-level passes of your query letter (750 words or less)
- Two developmental, structural, and line-level passes of your synopsis (1000 words or less)
- Two developmental, structural, and line-level passes of your first five pages (Times New Roman size 12 font, double-spaced, 1” margins)
- Two developmental passes of your Twitter pitch (140 words or less)
Contact me here to book a submission package critique.
If you’re interested in getting all the services above (plus a full manuscript edit) for free, consider applying to #WriteMentor.
This year, I will once again be partnering with the indomitable Reena Deen. Check out my 2022 wish list below.
What I’m looking for:
Since I specialize in MG horror, I want all the creepies and the crawlies. Bring me the CORALINEs—the SPLENDORS AND GLOOMS, GRAVEYARD BOOKs, and BLOOMs. I especially enjoy eldritch mysteries like THE MISSING PIECE OF CHARLIE O’REILLY, and bold, quirky characters like THE INK DRINKER.
Even though I’m a house witch, I am completely open to all genres. I’m ravenous for a middle grade, but if you can wow me with your YA, go ahead and ping me. (My appetite is eclectic and insatiable.) SciFi, romance, contemporary, and even space opera—if your book stuns me, I want it, so don’t be afraid to send your alternate genres just because I’m a part-time ghost.
I eagerly accept any and all #ownvoices, so send me the book of your heart! I love historical, atmospheric settings and novels in verse. If you have a creepy monster or a chilling cultural tale I’ve never seen before, I might just float straight through the ceiling. (Out of sheer happiness.)
Over the years, I’ve found that the best stories are the ones that make readers feel seen. Strong voice, tight storylines, and creative takes enchant me. Send me something GRIPPING. I’m talking SPUD, LONG WAY DOWN, ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO’S LIBRARY, THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN, or THE TULIP TOUCH. Please, no empty characters or chosen ones being sent to magic schools. If I see another sexy vampire or tepid pseudo-heroine, I’ll shove pencils in my ears.
I would die a second time to get my hands on a Grimm/Americana classic like Over the Garden Wall. Steven Universe, Gravity Falls, Castlevania, and Buffy are a few of my other favorite vibes. I’m also prone to squeeing for madcap adventurers like Dr. McNinja or the Lumberjanes. I’m currently in my “western phase,” so if you’ve got one of those, send it on over.
Do you have questions about the editing, query, or submission process? Would you like to learn more about editing services? Send me a message or schedule a complimentary call.