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Anne R. Allen's Blog

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I blog about the craft of writing and the publishing industry at Anne R Allen.com and I blog about my books at Anne R. Allen's Books. I'm the author of eight comic novels including the five CAMILLA RANDALL MYSTERIES: THE BEST REVENGE, GHOSTWRITERS IN THE SKYSHERWOOD, LTD, NO PLACE LIKE HOME and SO MUCH FOR BUCKINGHAM 


I've written a survival guide for writers with Amazon #1 author Catherine Ryan Hyde: HOW TO BE A WRITER IN THE E-AGE and a collection of short pieces called WHY GRANDMA BOUGHT THAT CAR

I'm  a former actress and stage director, a graduate of Bryn Mawr College, and I live on the beautiful Central Coast of CA, near San Luis Obispo--the town Oprah called the "happiest town in the US.".

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Agents give tips on query letters

The great and glorious Nathan Bransford has a helpful post on how not to write query letters. He reminds us:

"Don't tell me what your novel is about. Tell me what happens."

http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2009/10/themes-schmemes.html

And Janet Reid (aka the QueryShark) has a great post on Chuck Sambuchino's Guide to Literary Agents blog.

She advises queriers to have a special gmail or earthlink (or, I would assume, yahoo) account for queries with your own, real name in the address. AOL accounts are problematic because the spam block will often eat your reply. Also you don't want a shared account or a cutsie address name: Sugarpiehunnybun isn't going to get the same respectful read as somebody who sounds like grown up professional. Just the way it is. All 20 of her tips are at http://ow.ly/15XETb

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Blogger Diana Paz said...

I caught these and thought they were great! Janet Reid was very specific especially.

October 27, 2009 at 3:18 PM  

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