I always found it helpful to read actual examples when I was learning to craft a query letter, so I've posted my query letter for THE BETTER PART OF DARKNESS on my blog. There's also an insightful commentary on the query letter here from the agent who sold the book.
When I'm asked for advice on how to get published or how to write a novel, my response is always the same: The internet is a great way to educate yourself on the How To's. I always direct people to Absolute Write Water Cooler. It is a great place to learn the craft of writing all the way up to submitting for publication. It's one of the best resources out there.
I've written plenty of writing-related posts on my blog, but here are a few you might find interesting:
- Writing the synopsis - some tips.
- Copy Edits - my first experience in copy edits.
- Publishing Timeline - a look into a year timeline of THE BETTER PART OF DARKNESS from the submission process to cover art and galleys.
- Galleys - what they are and what they look like.
- My first sale - the story of how THE BETTER PART OF DARKNESS sold.
Also, make sure to check out my Author Page where I answer some Frequently Asked Questions about being an author.
Debuts & Reviews invited me to write a series of posts about the milestones of a debut author. Check them out here:
Links For Writers
Publisher's Marketplace - a wealth of information regarding publishing across the board.
Publishers Weekly - Industry news, contacts, sales. A great site for writers, editors and agents alike.
Predators & Editors - the name speaks for itself. Have an editor interested in your work? Want to submit to an agent? Check them out here.
SF Scope - A favorite! Great site to find out the latest SF/F news.
Fangs, Fur & Fey - an author community dedicated to all things paranormal.
Science Fiction & Fantasy Writer's of America - Even if you're not a member, this website offers a lot of useful information.
Romance Writer's of America - The national organization for romance writers, published and unpublished. A great resource.
Futuristic, Fantasy & Paranormal - a special interest chapter of RWA.
Poets & Writers - The nation's largest nonprofit literary organization dedicated to creative writing.
North Carolina Writers Network - An organization for writers in all genres and stages of writing.
Heart of Carolina Romance Writers - My local RWA chapter, a group of wonderful ladies from North Carolina's Triangle area.
Fiction Factor - A site for every kind of writer. Very extensive; everything from the basics of writing to filing taxes. Definitely worth a look.
LOCUS Online - News, reviews, resources, and perspectives on Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror.
Writers Space - A gathering place for published authors to announce books, chats, a list of author websites and articles by authors.
Romantic Times - Romantic Times Magazine's website. Their writer's section is full of articles by published authors on every kind of subject you can imagine.
Romance Divas - Voted among the top 100 best websites for writers of romance, this site is full of extras.
The Passionate Pen - The site of author Jess Michaels/Jenna Petersen. Full of articles and industry resources.
Karen Fox's Writer's Page - One of my favorite sites, award winning author Karen Fox has a variety of pages for writers including lists of agents, publishers as well as market news and lots more...
Done Deal - a great resource, message board and daily report of sales.
MovieBytes - resource of contests and markets.
Ink Tip - a site hosting your work for prospective agents, managers and producers.
Writers Guild of America west - An organization for working writers, resources for aspiring writers and registry office.
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