Thursday, May 7, 2015

My schedule for the 2015 RT Booklovers Convention - Come see me in Dallas!

Here's my agenda for RT

Sample the Sweet, Sassy & Spicy Flavors of Romance!
Come party with us, Texas style! We've got a mimosa station and flavor tables so you can savor all of those sweet, sassy and spicy flavors from your favorite romance genre. Sample the sweet table with a variety of Texas sweet treats, or the sassy table with shots of desserts. And at our spicy table get ready to wake up those taste buds, Texas style!

Event Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Host(s): Cora Carmack Colleen Coble Molly Harper Sara Humphreys Jen McLaughlin (aka Diane Alberts) Paige Tyler
Location: Exhibition Level
Room: Cumberland K

The Care and Feeding of Authors
Join bestselling paranormal romance and urban fantasy authors as we give away some of our “favorite things,” which help keep us sane while writing. We'll chat about our series and discuss our favorite writing tools, places to write, must-have snacks and how we stay inspired. We'll also have a super fandom quiz, with prizes! All secrets will be revealed! (Well, at least one or two.)

Event Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Host(s): Ann Aguirre Rachel Caine Molly Harper Chloe Neill Nicole Peeler Jaye Wells
Location: Lobby Level
Room: Reunion C

Truth or Dare with Gallery, Pocket and XOXOAfterDark
Challenge a Gallery or Pocket author to a game of truth or dare — everyone from Christina Lauren to Anna Todd to Sabrina Jeffries will be there! Dare to try our Lone Star State adult beverages and see how many must-read books and other great swag you can gather (truth: we’ll have miles and miles of books)!

Event Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Host(s): Cherry Adair Melody Anne Emma Chase Alice Clayton Kresley Cole Thea Devine Jennifer Estep Kristin Harmel Molly Harper Emma Hart Sabrina Jeffries Christina Lauren Andrea Laurence Kate Meader Jennifer Probst Jessica Sims Karin Tabke (aka Karin Harlow) Anna Todd Elia Winters
Location: Lobby Level
Room: Reunion A  

Giant Book Fair
Meet more than 500 authors who will autograph books, posters and bookmarks. Bring your “keepers” and have them signed! This year we will have all authors (traditional, e-book only, and indie/print on consignment) all in one room and fully intermingled!

The Saturday Giant Book Fair ticket is included in the full general convention registration fee. This event is also open to the public, and tickets can be purchased for just the Giant Book Fair. You can purchase a ticket at the door the day of the event. Pre-ordered tickets will be picked up at the hotel on the day of the Giant Book Fair.

You may bring in your books from home to get them autographed. However, they must be checked in and stamped (with invisible ink, so there's no damage to your books) before you enter the book fair. Only two books from home per author are allowed.

Event Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 11:00am to 2:00pm
Host(s): RT Book Reviews
Location: Lobby Level
Room: Landmark Ballroom & Reunion Ballroom

https://www.rtconvention.com

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Exciting Spring Anthology - SEVEN BOOKS FOR SEVEN LOVERS




Seven Books for the Price of One? Yes, Please! MY BLUEGRASS BABY is part of the SEVEN BOOKS FOR SEVEN LOVERS, available on 5/11 with stories from Stephanie Haefner, Liora Blake, Gabra Zackman, Andrea Laurence, Colette Auclair and Victoria Van Tiem.

Pre-order now!

Amazon

B & N

iBooks


Monday, April 13, 2015

Come see me in Bowling Green, Ky., April 18

Hey, if you're anywhere near Kentucky this weekend, I will appear at the SOKY Bookfest, April 18 in Bowling Green, Ky. This is one of my favorite events of the year as it is very well organized, features an awesome array of authors AND it's hosted by Western Kentucky University, my alma mater!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

A Requested Repost: HOW TO WRITE A QUERY LETTER

I've had a lot of people ask me how I got published, which is a fair question. Sometimes I wonder how I got published. And when I start to explain about query letters, their eyes sort of glaze over. So I thought I would share the query letter I used when I was searching for an agent. And give some thoughts on how to go about writing your own. I'm not saying it would work for everybody or that it's grammatically perfect, but it worked for me.

First things first. Is your manuscript ready to be submitted to an agent? How many times have you revised it? Have you read through it objectively and analyzed it for typos and plot weaknesses? A lot of writers, understandably so, are so eager to get published that they spend more time perfecting their query letter than they spend perfecting their manuscript. (Agent Stephen Barbara wrote a great piece for Publishers Weekly on this, which can be found if you click this entry's title.) Make sure you're ready to start the ball rolling. First impressions count for a lot. Once an agent has passed, they've passed. You will not have the chance to re-submit.

Second, find your demographic. I used Agentquery.com to find a list of about 70 agents who represented supernatural fiction, women's fiction and Southern fiction, as my manuscript was all of those things. It would have been pointless for me to submit to an agent who only represented non-fiction. I also went for agents who accepted email queries, because it's much cheaper and faster than "snail mail" submissions.

Now, it's time to write your letter.

Dear Ms. Smith:

Always, always, ALWAYS direct your letter to a single agent. Do not send a blanket letter to every agent in an agency. Don't address it "To Whom It May Concern" or "Dear Sir or Madam." Also, spell their names right.

Meet Jane Jameson. A permanent fixture on her mama's prayer list, she's unmarried, unemployed, and most recently, undead. Don't ask which annoys Mama more.

Jane is a quirky voice of reason in a world where vampires have their own aisle at Wal-Mart. A day that started with her unceremonious firing from the Half-Moon Hollow Public Library gets exponentially worse when she's mistaken for a deer, shot, left for dead and turned into a creature of the night. Now, she's a poster child for local vampire politics and the suspect in a tragically lame murder. Life as a single gal, undead or otherwise, is never boring.

I have introduced my character, her background and her conflict. And I tried to drop little tidbits about the plot without giving the whole book away. Think of this introductory paragraph as the cover blurb for your book. What would you write to get a reader to buy your book?

Part oddball Southern comedy, part supernatural women's fiction, I wrote NICE GIRLS DON'T HAVE FANGS after leaving my job as a newspaper reporter in western Kentucky. While I still work as a freelance writer and humor columnist, I had to channel that sardonic energy somewhere. 

Remember to give your title! Try to classify your book to give the agent an idea of whether it fits with their client list. Limit that classification to one or two areas. If someone told me they'd written a historical romance/spy thriller with paranormal elements, I'd probably tell them they need to focus and revise their manuscript.

Pay attention to your agent's preferences. For example, several agents on Agentquery.com had NO VAMPIRES written in big letters on their profile, so I didn't bother submitting to them.

Also, give a little information about yourself without over-sharing. You don't have to give your whole life story, just a snippet. What is your writing background? Qualifications? Why did you write your book? Have you been published before?

I am writing to you because of your history of representing fiction with an unconventional voice and supernatural themes. The full manuscript, which is approximately 75,000 words, is available for review. 

Explain why you would be a good fit for the agent. Always give the word count. It gives the agent a clue as to whether they have time to read your submission.

Thank you for your time. I have enclosed a synopsis and first two pages of the manuscript, per your submission guidelines.

Say thank you, but don't go overboard. And always follow an agency's submission guidelines. If they don't want email attachments, don't send them. If they don't want a synopsis, don't send it.

Sincerely,
Molly Harper
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Now comes the hard part. Waiting. You're going to get a lot of form responses (mostly rejections.) And some agents won't respond at all because they consider a non-response their response. When you get a rejection, it's tempting to write back and ask the agent why they're rejecting you or whether they can recommend another agent who might be interested. If they wanted to give you this information, they would have written it in their original response.

There are three rules to follow.

1) Treat all query letters like business correspondence.
2) Be polite.
3) Behave like a stable person.

You'd be amazed how far that can get you.