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Writing a query letter? I feel your pain.

TO HELP YOU CRAFT YOUR QUERY LETTER:

YA author, Elana Johnson, wrote a query how-to ebook that revolutionized my query letter. This book is $3.99 and worth every cent. :
FROM THE QUERY TO THE CALL

Query Tracker.net is an invaluable tool while querying. I was on that site daily. Here’s a link to a great informational bit on writing a
query letter: http://querytracker.net/forum/index.php?topic=6918.0

 

Writer’s Relief.com gives a comprehensive list of what to avoid while crafting your query letter:
http://www.writersrelief.com/blog/2009/10/top-query-letter-mistakes-avoid-these-amateur-errors/

A site bursting with query letter information and samples:
http://www.darcypattison.com/marketing/ultimate-query-letter/

TO HELP YOU GET PUBLIC FEEDBACK ON YOUR QUERY:

Once your query gets to a point where you think it’s ready. It’s not. Now’s the time to put it out there and get feedback from your peers.
Here are some invaluable links for FREE public feedback.

Evil Editor: http://evileditor.blogspot.com/
Matthew Rush: http://theqqqe.blogspot.com/
Casey McCormick: http://caseylmccormick.blogspot.com/
The Query Shark: http://queryshark.blogspot.com/

You need to be a member to post your query on the following site:

She Writes.com: http://www.shewrites.com/group/writersforyoungadults/forum/topics/post-your-query-for-some?xg_source=activity

Websites to help you on your journey towards publication:
*Note, K.M. Walton has no affiliation with these websites. She is simply sharing the links because of her personal positive experiences. Paying it forward.

ABSOLUTE WRITE FORUMS
This website is a place filled with writers. It is free to join and once you’re a member an entire universe of information is at your fingertips. Want to check on the buzz of a particular literary agency? There’s a forum for that. Want to check on the buzz of a particular literary agent? There’s a forum for that. How about post your query letter or first chapter for peer feedback? Yep, there’s a forum for that. It is, hands down, the best site out there for writers of all genres.
http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/


QUERY TRACKER
This website is either free or you can pay a small fee to join. I was a free member for a long time until I read about what the paying member is privy to. Yeah, whoa. I joined. It is, hands down, the most organized site for information on literary agents. You can also keep track of every query letter you send as well as the result of the query. Invaluable tool.
http://querytracker.net/

FOR ANY TEEN WRITERS
Visit the Figment.com online community for loads of incredible* information. You can upload your work for feedback from other Figs (sometimes even YA authors chime in!), enter contests, get exclusive content from authors in the YA community, and most importantly, strengthen your craft.

*No, I am not professionally connected to Figment.com in any way. I just think the site is made of win.


If you’re a writer then you are intimately familiar with the nasty sabotager named Doubt. Doubt is mean. Doubt is a dream stealer. Doubt should be silenced at all costs.

Here are some nuggets of commiseration and hopefully…hope

DOUBT SUCKS ROTTEN EGGS

STOP LOOKING AT THE WARTS

THE ALCHEMIST (a must read for any aspiring dreamer)

A BIT OF INSPIRATION, THANKS DIABLO CODY

HOPE

DESIDERATA

MANTRA VS. GOAL

IN WHICH I OFFICIALLY QUIT

ALRIGHT, UNIVERSE. I’M LISTENING…AGAIN (in which I officially un-quit)

STAY ON THE PATH