A Query Letter Deconstructed
This week Nicole Rivera, host of Stop Writing Alone, shares the query letter she wrote for her YA novel GIRL UNPLUGGED that she is currently sending out to agents seeking representation. She shares what she has learned from numerous courses and webinars on query construction and uses her letter as a template to describe the various building blocks of a good query including comp titles, pitch, and relevant personal information.
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*Any links to Amazon are affiliate links. Using any of these links to make any purchase on Amazon will support STOP WRITING ALONE.*Find Your Glee With Dinah G -- Take the Half-Way-Through-The-Year Challenge with Me https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/13-take-the-half-way-through-the-year-challenge-with-me/id1451375805?i=1000443860348 The Pitch Wars GIRL UNPLUGGED pitch page (with agent responses) http://pitchwars.org/pw-315-young-adult-speculative-fiction-girl-unplugged/ First Query webinar Nicole took (no longer available) https://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/find-success-with-your-query-letter-getting-beyond-form-letters Interview with instructor from Nicole’s second query webinar: https://www.writersdigest.com/successful-queries/successful-queries-agent-katie-shea-boutillier-and-the-art-of-falling Nicole’s comp titles: ELIZA AND HER MONSTERS by Francesca Zappia https://amzn.to/2XCSdiv LIFE AS WE KNEW IT by Susan Beth Pfeffer https://amzn.to/2NMpEKE Austin Aslan’s (Nicole’s PitchWars mentor) books: ISLANDS AT THE END OF THE WORLD https://amzn.to/2LLWAQT TURBO RACERS: TRAILBLAZERS https://amzn.to/2XFSufm IHRF - organization with details and fundraising for her disease Intracranial Hypertension: https://ihrfoundation.org/ EPISODE 23 of the Stop Writing Alone Podcast The What If Prompt https://stopwritingalone.com/2019/06/27/episode-23-the-what-if-prompts-writing-together/ Freesound - Nicole’s source for so many awesome sound effects and jingles https://freesound.org/ Buy Nicole a coffee (AKA support the podcast!) https://ko-fi.com/stopwritingalone
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The EVERYONE CAN PODCAST crew. Here’s a list of podcasts made by my classmates coming out of Cathy Heller’s ECP course. This is one inspiring, creative, and informative bunch:The Soul Mammas Podcast https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-soul-mammas-podcast/id1393133041?mt=2&fbclid=IwAR1tjUxnEcrG1q_5m35ZzCduaS4fZJT2cYHl53CaWevMuRlcuvxBI6AFb3s How in the HELL Did I Get Here? https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/how-in-the-hell-did-i-get-here-the-podcast/id1448137091?mt=2&fbclid=IwAR2GyOaw93q3IplQLaF3_GZyzbgwEoxZFzB-uNQAoThKKghAKKCrVKYYohQ Creativity School https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/creativity-school/id1447571085?fbclid=IwAR28GwcZ9Tu81dH7aLtxFoX68-yYEisH3socPrcjmbN0Xk-YY3REgQ9L1Fc The Ready Pause Go Career https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-ready-pause-go-career/id1446761976?mt=2&fbclid=IwAR0GXU0O9TjFUcpTTIx_qfypkV1oizQwE_nBjD8hAW4G7x6PXq9PYwgs5IY Food Tribe https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/food-tribe/id1440417232?mt=2&fbclid=IwAR0dADVs36_TgBDzSHIBmFB5JhY6wgag9RpnaX5B8NWjVvB1QTB7Cz5tkjU The DaddyBe Podcast https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-daddybe-podcast/id1447237794?mt=2&fbclid=IwAR1wUDvNi9dl3vvWzuGPlGydgxiU7evJWKYJrjY-cgrfaWRPRF_xsralitU I Have Dreams Dammit! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/i-have-dreams-dammit/id1449508412?fbclid=IwAR0hmiKzF2ABgaqGwQVskxF-OQTV14v9uj1kTlLydvqFvST3kySb76YrKVw Lessons from a Quitter https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/lessons-from-a-quitter/id1412305413?mt=2 Do the Damn Thing https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/do-the-damn-thing/id1437481006?mt=2 Creative Cravings https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/creative-cravings/id1451813556?mt=2&fbclid=IwAR3pbdpDTUdZHiowOls8Ixf03l4XraMUaB4bS66F3b9LQYrBe-p3uA6XpMo Elder & Wiser https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/elder-wiser/id1453289708?fbclid=IwAR34ZTDVUcdIcHtt9tA1b67Z-WhmDtzM2GnTC8x4huJaS-YOowi1ij1Od2o Hustle Heartbreaks https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/hustle-heartbreaks/id1453207903?fbclid=IwAR2NAhma5OpBfR7P-XjMymAvDJhWVcvnizb5TqjZ5IncJIH4e8U49ai9nh0 Find Your Glee With Dinah G https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/find-your-glee-with-dinah-g/id1451375805?mt=2&fbclid=IwAR1_c5kV2wvsaFxwDe7zCMpyx047mtHl4eqskA0rc-FaPoIw-Hi8p84TYH0 Fiercely Human https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/fiercely-human/id1458152113?mt=2&fbclid=IwAR2naSYYKVM_alyHraRPfggoxpA_UrRVVTw8HhIW8X5PT76bJxYUaqgEIOE
And our teacher…Don’t Keep Your Day Job https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/dont-keep-your-day-job/id1191831035?mt=2
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