Helpful query tips!

September 8th, 2012

I talk a lot about the good stuff to do when you’re writing a query — how to focus on the characters you want me to care about, how to tell just enough of the plot to compel me to read more, how much to say about yourself, etc. — but because I’m me, I […]

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Ask Daphne! What people think about it?

April 13th, 2009
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Mandy writes with a question about different opinions: I’ve recently finished a novel, though I’m still in the proof reading process. While proof reading and rewriting, I have been doing research into agents, query letters, and the publication process. On one agent’s website a four paragraph query letter set-up was described as the sort of […]

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Ask Daphne! In Person!

September 23rd, 2008

I’m answering all sorts of great questions on the teenlitauthors Yahoo group this week, but if you truly can’t get enough of Ask Daphne!, and if you live in the Denver area, you can see me — live and in person! — at a Northern Colorado Writers workshop on Saturday, October 4th in Loveland, CO.

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How Not To Start a Story

July 14th, 2008

I feel like I’m over-blogging today, perhaps to make up for Friday, but there’s so much exciting stuff on the intrawebs! Like this brilliant list I agree with 99.99%, from J.A. Konrath.

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DON’T (a list)

May 8th, 2008

Rather than doling them out in drips and drabs, someone wise and wonderful suggested I compile a list of some of my querying “don’t”s. Now, these are specifically mine, and other agents may have their own pet peeves, but there’s some general advice I hope you can take from this list.

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