Ask Daphne! When to throw it away

July 31st, 2008
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Bill asks, “How many unanswered or rejected queries should it take before a writer should assume the story ideal is not publishable?”

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A Submissions Hint

July 30th, 2008

Be original! Use your book’s title in the subject line, and not just a generic “query”.

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Sex in Context

July 29th, 2008

One of the blogs I read regularly is Blue Rose Girls, an interesting collective of children’s book professionals including writers, artists, a former librarian, and an editor. The post yesterday said, in part:

Some of you may have seen a video on the blog today. There one minute, gone the next. It was a stop animation of two upholstered chairs doing “the nasty” on a rooftop.[…] I should explain that I put it up because it’s a very cool and artistic video. Artistic creative things get my artistic creative juices flowing. I make books by being inspired. Enough said.

But someone complained that it wasn’t appropriate for a children’s book blog, and so it came down.

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Ask Daphne! About a synopsis

July 29th, 2008

Some vintage shoes for Rich, who writes, “I am having trouble thinking of how to craft my synopsis. The problem is that the story jumps from present day of the narrator to back when he was in high school. Do you have any advice for time jumps in a synopsis?”

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Back to work!

July 28th, 2008
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Back at official kt literary headquarters, following up on all my NYC meetings and responding to those authors who’ve sent me partials in recent history. If you send me a partial and haven’t received a response yet, there’s a good chance I never got your email. Please go ahead and resend it to me. I still have a number of fulls to get through, which I’m tackling this week, and my pile of queries is hovering around 125, so that needs to be sorted out soon, too.

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