Welcome to the new year! To start the new year off right, here are some success stories of fellow QTers:
Jaime Boust: http://QueryTracker.net/jaime_boust.php
Teresa Rhyne: http://QueryTracker.net/teresa_rhyne.php
Becky Taylor: http://QueryTracker.net/becky_taylor.php
Looking for an Agent?
Crafting a query letter? Wonder what agents aren't looking for? JM Tohline has an excellent list from literary agents of common mistakes they find in queries and how to avoid them.
Besty Lerner shares some great insights on the current marketplace and what to expect whether you're looking for an agent or have one already.
Literary agent Rachelle Gardner has an excellent post on how not to get an agent. And in a similar vein, Janet Reid discusses how not to be a good literary agent when submitting to editors.
Elsewhere on the Web
For those times when the words aren't flowing and the story comes to a standstill, here are some tips Susan Perry shares on using freewriting to loosen those writing muscles.
Nathan Bransford explains the fine art of commenting on blogs.
And just a reminder of the awesomeness that is QueryShark. Not only can you learn how to craft a good query letter from a host of volunteered, real queries, but Janet Reid has also posted a quiz in the sidebar that can help you spot some very common mistakes she sees in the queries.
Have a great weekend!
Danyelle writes MG and YA fantasy. In her spare time, she collects dragons, talking frogs, and fairy godmothers. She can be found discussing the art of turning one's characters into various animals, painting with words, and the best ways to avoid getting eaten by dragons on her blog.