“for those of you in query letter hell right now”
*Adelise waves enthusiastically to Mr K. Query letter hell is colder than she would have thought. Adelise is happy that she is not the only one in this hole. It is dark and she feels alone and there is an odd smell she can’t quite put her finger on. Perhaps it is the slush pile below, who knows?*
I often get asked if things get easier once you’re published, and if selling one book makes it easier to sell the next. Truth is, the answer is “yes and no”. Authors still need to pitch their next book to their publisher and hope that it sells, and unless their first name is “Stephen” and their last name is “King”, there’s a chance it won’t.
This means you need to pimp your book, just like you did when you were first trying to find an agent. It usually means writing some kind of pitch or synopsis. So for those of you in query letter hell right now, here’s the pitch I wrote to sell LIFEL1K3 to Random House:
On a floating junkyard beneath a radiation sky, a deadly secret lies buried in the scrap.
Seventeen-year-old Eve isn’t looking for secrets—she’s too busy looking over her shoulder. The…
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