I was delighted when my dear friend (and query support group aka Llamasquad member) Megan Lynch recently found her agent, Moe Ferrara of BookEnds! As she was fresh from the query trenches, I wanted to reflect on her time there. Below, you’ll find some great insight on her querying experience as well as her time being printed by a small press. Read on and meet my friend Megan!!
I was SUPER lucky to have interviewed Shelby Mahurin, author of upcoming YA Fantasy (and the 2019 book I’m MOST excited about!) SERPENT & DOVE, out September 3, 2019! If you’d like to learn about her publishing journey, advice for querying authors, and the importance of taking time to celebrate your victories, check out the interview below!
Also known as: I truly didn’t think I’d ever get to write this post, oh my goodness.
You know when you read a recipe online and there’s a huge opening section about the author traveling to Italy to find themselves, and how they lived on an olive farm, and the subtleties of different kinds of pasta, and you’re like, cool, I’M ONLY HERE FOR THE RECIPE?
This opening is going to be a little bit of that.
So if you want to skip to the part of the story, of my story, when I talk about the nitty-gritty of my publishing journey, scroll until you hit the picture of Mr. Bingley, my adorable Westie. You’ll know him when you see him.
Ready? This is my story, in its truncated, tongue-in-cheek form.
Thanks to the magic of the internet, I had a digital chat with my CP and dear friend, Lyndall Clipstone, all the way in Australia! Lyndall is a great author and has lots of wisdom to impart.
Lyndall Clipstone writes YA Gothic about kisses and curses. She loves: Reylo, making book aesthetics, jasmine tea, and trying to keep her indoor plants alive. She thinks Sarah should have stayed in the Labyrinth with the Goblin King, and the Beast should never have turned back into a prince. She is repped by the wonderful Jill Grinberg from JGLM.
In ten words (and unlimited emojis), tell us about your novel, AT THE LAKE’S EDGE!
Jane Eyre with prettily described body horror.
I got the opportunity to interview author Laura Weymouth about her querying and writing experience. Some info about Laura:
Laura Weymouth is a Canadian living in exile in America, and the sixth consecutive generation of her family to immigrate from one country to another. Born and raised in the Niagara region of Ontario, she now lives at the edge of the woods in western New York, along with her husband, two wild-hearted daughters, a spoiled cat, an old soul of a dog, and an indeterminate number of chickens.
Laura’s debut novel, The Light Between Worlds, was published to critical acclaim in 2018, and her sophomore novel, A Treason of Thorns, will publish on September 10th, 2019.
Hi Laura! I read that you queried another book before you queried THE LIGHT BETWEEN WORLDS. Can you tell me what querying that first project was like?
Are you ready to query?
Querying your novel can be daunting and exciting all at once. Perhaps you’re dying to get started; perhaps you’re hesitant to finally hit “send.”
Remember, DO NOT RUSH INTO QUERYING. This isn’t a race, and publishing is SO SLOW. When you start sending queries, it’s likely you won’t hear back from agents for at least six weeks–or maybe not at all.
Take your time. It’s so much better to go slow and know that your book is at its best than to query a project before it’s ready or, even worse, before it’s even finished.
If you’ve edited, primped and prepped, check out these questions, and who knows? You may be ready to dive into querying.
ARE YOU READY TO QUERY? Check out these questions first.