Arena 3: A Follow-up Message to my Readers

*This post was originally published on August 29, 2017. It's been a little over a month since I released the post about all the changes in my life, how I nearly gave up on writing, and about the Arena series getting dropped by my publisher. If you haven't read it yet, here's the link. Since…

The Query that Landed Me a NY Agent and Big Five Publisher

You asked for it. By popular demand, here it is: the query for my novel ARENA. Look, I'll be the first to admit it's not perfect, but it still bagged me several requests from agents, an offer of representation, and a two-book deal with Ace (Penguin). In less than six months. That's right. I started querying…

Arena 3: A Message to My Readers

*This post was originally published on July 14, 2017. So, I've been off the grid for a few weeks and I feel like I should explain what's going on with me, my writing, and the Arena series. Okay, painful part first. I hate to have to tell you this, but my publisher has decided to…

A Starting Guide to Query Letters

First of all, let me start off by saying I am in no way an expert on query letters. The one that landed me an agent went through roughly thirty rewrites. Yes, you read that right. Not three. Thirty. Some writers believe the query letter takes more time and effort than the entire manuscript itself.…

5 Reasons Your Query Gets Rejected

SPACE In the summer of 2014, it began. When I first started drafting my query letter, I set myself on the most epic of all quests: discovering what it would take to get an agent drooling to read my book. Every spare minute I had was spent hunched over the computer, reading blog after blog. At first,…