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Anne R. Allen's Blog

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Anne writes funny mysteries and how-to-books for writers. She also writes poetry and short stories on occasion. Oh, yes, and she blogs. She's a contributor to Writer's Digest and the Novel and Short Story Writer's Market for 2016. 

Her bestselling Camilla Randall Mystery Series features perennially down-on-her-luck former socialite Camilla Randall—who is a magnet for murder, mayhem and Mr. Wrong, but always solves the mystery in her quirky, but oh-so-polite way.

Anne lives on the Central Coast of California, near San Luis Obispo, the town Oprah called "The Happiest City in America."


Anne blogs at Anne R. Allen's Blog...with Ruth Harris 
and at Anne R. Allen's Books

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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