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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 ...

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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 ...

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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’ve had a look through CWIM, the CBC member list, or other publications, ...

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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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  • May Manuscript Madness: FREE-TIQUE ROUND

    May 24, 2006

    Cynthea

    IN OTHER NEWS: DOORS ARE CLOSED!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s time for freetiques. THREE SLOTS. ONE ONE slot for a retiquee and TWO for new tiquees. First pages don’t count. So if you’ve only had a traffic cop tique, you may participate in ...

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  • what’s here

    May 24, 2006

    Cynthea

    Under Agents, you'll find articles on beginning your agent search, how to communicate with agents, and submisson protocol. Have a suggestion for an article? Can't find your answer here? Leave a comment.

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  • exclusive submission or simultaneous submission?

    May 23, 2006

    Cynthea

    Whether your submitting to agents or editors, you’ll need to understand what the difference is between exclusive and simultaneous submissions. exclusive – once you send your work to the agent or editor, you do not send it to anyone else. You ...

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