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    Goodbye and Thanks

    It has been a fun week. I'd have loved to help more of you. Do know that I can critique your query letters (edit) them, for $75. Contact me at HoJoNews@aol.com. But you really don't need to spend...
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    Final Tip: One of my favorite ways to write a...

    Final Tip: One of my favorite ways to write a pitch for a book in a query letter is to use the old formula used by screenwriters for loglines or movie posters. It goes, "When xxxsmething happens,...
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    Friday's tip: Here is one of the resources I list...

    Friday's tip: Here is one of the resources I list in my book The Frugal Editor (www.budurl.com/TheFrugalEditor). It is a blog that comes straight from an agent, an agent who pulls no punches. It is...
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    I'm sorry I lost the first critique. You know how...

    I'm sorry I lost the first critique. You know how one always feels the the thing one lost was better than the new one? (-:

    I asked about Christian fiction because you mentioned "his vow of...
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    Dear _______: Thank you for the information on...

    Dear _______:

    Thank you for the information on your website about submitting material to youragency. I learned about you through your client______ ________, a Facebookfriend of mine. Put here why...
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    OMG! I lost this huge critique of your letter,...

    OMG! I lost this huge critique of your letter, Mary Anne. I'm devastate! I'll copy it and take it to word, then copy and paste. I hope I remember everything!
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    Another quick tip for Thursday: The above...

    Another quick tip for Thursday:

    The above question from Stephen made me think that I should remind you that a query letter should have a bit (a sentence, a short paragraph?) in it about the...
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    Mary Anne, please be sure to put your query...

    Mary Anne, please be sure to put your query letter in the query letter thread. I'll try to get to it this afternoon. :redface:
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    Here is another excerpt from the Frugal Book...

    Here is another excerpt from the Frugal Book Promoter's Appendix. This one for agents or publishers. Remember, though. You want your query letter to be unique; it shouldn't slavishly follow any...
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    OK. I admit it. I've been to the beauty parlor....

    OK. I admit it. I've been to the beauty parlor. It's a losing game--but still essential! So, tip today. Get your hair done before a speaking gig to promote your book. Just kidding. Let's see. One...
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    Next tip, all! Did you know that "awesome" is a...

    Next tip, all! Did you know that "awesome" is a four-letter word? Avoid judging your own brilliant novel or feature/interview idea! That's there job. While you're at it, take a look at all your...
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    Sample Query Letters

    This is a letter I wrote thattargets media that specialize in senior readers. Obviously, it is a query not to get published or get an agent, but to get poublicity. Most newspapers are interested in...
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    Is a query to an electronic publisher different....

    Is a query to an electronic publisher different. The short answer is no. But it's also yes. Because every query letter, though there are some basics, must be different. Because each publisher must be...
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    As far as cutting to the chase. Yeah, if you mean...

    As far as cutting to the chase. Yeah, if you mean wordinesss, blah, blah, blah. Query letters are only one page. Every word counts. But it doesn't just count in a give-em-the-facts way. It counts in...
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    Stephen, this seems to be the big problem with...

    Stephen, this seems to be the big problem with query letter advice. One of the agents I interviewed said something like this (not a direct quote but close): If an author can't write a query letter...
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    Exactly, Mary Anne. When we are tempted to use...

    Exactly, Mary Anne. When we are tempted to use an exclamation point (even one!), we might double check the strength of our verb before we do it! Use a thesaurus to see if we can come up with a...
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    I think this is tip #4. It's a silly one, but...

    I think this is tip #4. It's a silly one, but here goes. Don't try to make your letter (or media kit or anything else) stand out with gimmicks like goldenrod paper, glitter, a misleading subject...
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    I already mentioned this to Mary Anne. (We have a...

    I already mentioned this to Mary Anne. (We have a thread going on FB, too! (-: ) But we shouldn't say "fictional novel." Another dead giveaway of amateur status. Novels are, by definition,...
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    MaryAnne. That would sure be one way to handle...

    MaryAnne. That would sure be one way to handle it. But "titled" is OK. Just not ENtitled. Another freaquently-made error is saying that we're submitting a 'fictional novel." A "novel" by...
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    Query Letter Tips

    I'll try to get back to the forum a couple times a day to add new tips to this thread.
    And, of course, I'm hoping you'll add tips of your own so we can discuss them.

    Tip: In your query letter...
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    Mary Anne: Answer to question about QL critique

    Mary Anne, Yes! The answer is fervently YES! I'm thinking about Thursday I'll ask for posts of query letters that attendees will want to share. We can all learn from the brave ones who submit. (-:
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    The point of the excerpt was to make it clear...

    The point of the excerpt was to make it clear that we use them way beyond just shopping our books to agents and publishers. Most of you know that, but we tend to forget. Here's a little excerpt from...
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    Maryanne, I see you're here. Welcome! I'll try...

    Maryanne, I see you're here. Welcome! I'll try to repost the excerpt, just in case!
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    Excerpt on query letters?

    Yikes! I'm thinking maybe my last thread with an excerpt on query letters, etc. didn't go through?
  25. PS: I'll be in and out of the forum this morning...

    PS: I'll be in and out of the forum this morning for about an hour--from 10 am to 11 am Pacific time. Then I'll check in later to see what's happened while I'm off speaking to the California Writes...
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