The Worst Queries Finalists!

April 24th, 2009

I’m all about sharing the love here, so I hope you’ll help me pick out the winners of my very first “worst queries” contest. Remember, the winner gets a copy of Band Geeked Out by Josie Bloss. Before I list my favorites, though, an interesting note. I found that the your ideas of the “worst” […]

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Ask Daphne! Revising to resubmit

April 24th, 2009

Stina shares a question from the Absolute Write forums: If an agent rejects a partial or a full and gives you a reason why, and then you not only fix that problem (with the intent of moving on), but also several other issues the agent didn’t mention but their existence seriously weakened the writing, is […]

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Ask Daphne! About that other contest…

April 23rd, 2009

No, again, not MY Contest! Heather writes about the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest: I’ve recently quarterfinaled in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. I haven’t queried since the quarterfinalists were announced, but I have several prior submissions still pending review. My question is whether participating in ABNA is something an author should mention when querying, […]

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Ask Daphne! About a contest

April 23rd, 2009

No, not our very own Worst Queries contest! J.P. writes: I found a contest for MG by Random House’s Delacorte Press and the prize is $1500 cash with $7500 advance toward royalties. Is this common for MG authors? Is it the same for YA? Do you think this is a good contest to get into? […]

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Happy Earth Day!

April 22nd, 2009

I’m thrilled today to celebrate the publication of S. Terrell French‘s debut middle grade novel, Operation Redwood! The Shelf Elf has a lovely review up already, as well as an interview. The book centers around one young boy’s attempts, with his friends, to save a redwood grove from development. Development spearheaded by his own uncle. […]

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