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Kathie's Corner

Pre-readers   Just what is a pre-reader? Who are they? How can they help? In my opinion, pre-readers are your cheerleaders. They read along either as you write, chapter by chapter, or when your manuscript is finished. Then they make comments on what works for them and what doesn’t. See that last bit? The best pre-readers will tell you when something doesn’t work. Having said...

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Dealing with Edits   You’re so excited! You’ve just received your manuscript back from your editor. Feeling dizzy with anticipation, you open the document . . . and gasp. Your once pristine manuscript is covered with lines and scribbles:       Or it’s full of color—with deletions, additions, highlights, and comments:     And if you were blessed to receive a copy of your manuscript after it’s...

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Genre . . . How do I choose only two? In your submission letter, you are asked what genre your book is. Recently, Diva Jen wrote a wonderful blog post on this subject. It may be difficult, but you need to only list the first two that pertain to your manuscript. You need to be as specific as you can. To help you out, many genres are combined:...

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Kathie's Corner

In the body of your query letter, you’ll need to put a short synopsis of your manuscript of about 500 words. This is more than the back of the book blurb and much less than a three-to-five page summary that many publishers request. Don’t tell the acquisitions editor or agent to “read the book to find out how it ends because I don’t want to...

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Some publishing houses request an author bio with the submission of a manuscript. Here are some tips to help your author bio stand out in your query letter. What is an author bio? It is a brief summary of your writing experience and publishing background. You want the publishing house to understand that you are qualified to write the manuscript you are submitting. For example,...

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Kathie's Corner

You’ve polished your manuscript to a fine shine. You’ve researched publishing houses and found several that publish your genre. Now you are ready to prepare your query letter. I’ve heard several authors say that the query letter, with a short synopsis of their book, was almost harder to write than their manuscript. I know you’ve heard this before, but your query letter is your only...

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Let me say that I don’t know how all publishing houses accept queries and submissions. I can only speak from my experience. I cannot tell you how many queries I’ve read that had nothing to do with the sort of books the house published. Diva Shay mentioned in her article last week that you should always read the submission guidelines for every publishing house to...

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Series or Serial? What’s the difference? Quite often an author will call their books a series.  But sometimes they’re wrong because, in fact, it’s a serial. What is a serial? Think comic book. Think fan fiction. Think soap opera. There is a place on a person’s kindle for this kind of book. Soap operas wouldn’t run for decades if people weren’t watching them. I don’t...

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