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  • It’s that time again….

    May 30, 2006

    Cynthea

    IN OTHER NEWS: No, it's not time for a free-tique round. I just finished the ones from last week.  So if you didn't get yours for some reason, let me know.  I have to go back to my writing now. But ...

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  • I Dared To Email an Attachment To an Agent

    May 30, 2006

    Cynthea

    Yes. That’s right, folks. I attached three sample chapters to my email when I queried my agent. Keep in mind: the agency’s guidelines said query with three chapters and a synopsis for novels. Then it said queries would be taken ...

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  • How To Package a Submission

    May 29, 2006

    Cynthea

    We’re getting to the really picky, picky, picky stuff now. I’ll talk paper, envelopes, and even email. EXCITING! I’ll cover paper submissions first, then electronic submissions. Paper Submissions Paper When guidelines don’t specify the method of sending the package, assume your submission will go ...

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  • Anatomy of a Query Letter

    May 29, 2006

    Cynthea

    UPDATE: You may now download this article to your Kindle! While everyone has different opinions on what a query letter is and what it looks like, I will summarize what I do. The method I use is pretty common. Pretty boring. ...

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  • My First Query Letter

    May 28, 2006

    Cynthea

    When I attended my first SCBWI conference, I heard many editors speak. Including the guy who…um…edited Harry Potter. He described how he preferred to be contacted: query letter only – if he liked the pitch, he’d request the manuscript. I returned ...

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  • attention tiquees: if you’ve sent in chapters…

    May 26, 2006

    Cynthea

    IN OTHER NEWS: Oh dang!  What have I done? I'm just now realizing a lot of my subs are chapters. Whoo-wee, I've got some reading to do. If you're a tiquee who's waiting for a chapter tique, please send me a ...

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  • may manuscript madness continues!

    May 26, 2006

    Cynthea

    DOORS ARE CLOSED!!!!!!!!!!!!! I promised another small round this morning.  But please keep in mind, if you made it into the last round, you can not sub to this one. I hope to return all tiques next week. Some of ...

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  • I’m procrastinating again…

    May 25, 2006

    Cynthea

    IN OTHER NEWS: In a massive effort to procrastinate, I finally started working on my website.  Please take a peek. Leave a comment and tell me how stinky or fab it is, and I'll promise only to post the FAB ...

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  • Write Queries, Cover Letters, Synopses, Outlines, Author Bios, and More

    May 25, 2006

    Cynthea

    You’ve come to the spot where we’re going to learn everything that could be in a submission package you put together for an agent or editor. If you had a look through CWIM, CBC member list, or other publications, you’ve ...

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  • How To Interpret Kludgy Submission Guidelines

    May 25, 2006

    Cynthea

    Submission guidelines can be found in many places… CWIM – Updated yearly Children’s Book Council (CBC) – Updated bi-weekly SCBWI Publications – Updated yearly Jeff Herman Guide – Updated yearly AgentQuery Agent or Publisher’s Website – As often as it should be (in theory) Sometimes guidelines in ...

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