Tag Archives: querying

Agent Rejections – Here are some samples. Read ’em and weep.

For a variety of reasons, I am no longer writing the Inspector Ramirez series. I had one publisher that owns world English rights to the first two books and another that owns Canadian rights to the second two books and … Continue reading

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So when should you stop querying?

According to this article in today’s Ottawa Citizen , failing at something can affect your health. At what point should you give up? It suggests when the goal is not achievable. “It’s actually possible that quitting can be associated with better … Continue reading

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Tips on Finding an Agent

I’ve had a lot of people ask me how they can find a literary agent. I had no offers of representation until I read New York super-agent Donald Maas’s two great books on writing a bestseller: The Fire in Fiction, and Writing … Continue reading

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Why selling a house is a lot like selling a book

I’m trying to think of how many times I’ve had a friend or colleague forward me a piece of fiction they’ve written and ask for feedback. Decades ago, it was one of my professors who asked me to review a … Continue reading

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How many agents should you query before giving up?

I noticed that someone was directed to this blog by this Google search: ‘how many agents should you query before giving up?’ I started this blog with posts about NOT giving up, so I hope that some of the inspirational … Continue reading

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Another success story under the heading, Never Give Up!

Today’s guest blog is from another AW writer who went through 185 rejections before finding success. She even switched genres! Her genre was initially horror. But, thanks to the feedback she received from an agent, even though he passed on the manuscript, it’s now … Continue reading

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How many queries should you submit?

I was asked this question frequently this week, after my story circulated in the media. I suppose the answer is, keep going, ‘until you find representation,’ or ‘until you give up.’ I tried the contest route. For me, that worked. If it … Continue reading

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The Journey

In light of today’s CBC radio interview  (hard act to follow, a sasquatch) and the extraordinary number of hits my blog is getting as a result, I thought I’d post the full story of my  journey to publication. (This will … Continue reading

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