Are you SURE you want to say that?

June 24th, 2009

Intern Jenny and I just went through another batch of queries this morning, and amid a cluster of “Madison”s and “Chosen One”s, I came across several queries with a phrase similar to: “After being unable to find any good novels for this age group, I decided to write one myself.” Now, sure, I’m exaggerating for […]

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Talking About Talking About Books

June 23rd, 2009

A conversation starter today, if you don’t mind. I was thinking about blurbs, and how eager we as agents and editors are to get the right people to blurb our books, and I posed the question on Twitter: As readers, how much weight do you put on blurbs? Will you pick up an unknown author […]

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Ask Daphne! About My Query XIII

June 22nd, 2009

Actual shoes worn by an actual empress for K.R., who contributes today’s About My Query. As always, please chime in in the comments with your thoughts! Dear Daphne, Abigail – Gail, to anyone who wants to keep their teeth – has problems. They start on her sixteenth birthday when the only present she gets is […]

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Ask Daphne! About Synopseseses

June 19th, 2009
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This “love”ly piece of art is for Meg (and is made by Penny Pickles), who writes: Hi. I’ve been looking around the web for information on this, but I keep getting different opinions. Could you tell me how long you expect a synopsis to be? Also, I saw on your website that if you like […]

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Ask Daphne! Speed Round!

June 18th, 2009

Not just a speed round, let’s call this a lightning round, shall we? (in honor of these cool shoes.) I asked for questions on Twitter, and here’s some of the gems I received. If you keep asking, I may keep answering, but let’s start with what we have, mmmkay? @Brattyhack writes: “My question is about […]

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