Shannon Stacey

Archive for February, 2008

Weekend Question: The Query Letter

I’ll be forgoing the actual question this weekend. My reason for that is here. Instead I’m posting a mock query letter and I hope any authors who stop by will check it out, give a quick comment on what you think works or doesn’t, what’s worked for you, etc.

NOTE: I’m not asking for critique of MY query. This is an example only, for illustrative purposes.

I’ve added a couple of notes as to why I went the way

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The short kid in my garden

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Snow, earbuds and query letters

Another foot of snow. That’s one good thing about being on winter break—we’re not getting dinged for yet another snow day.

Scalzi has confessed to having non-earbud-friendly ears. It’s so nice not to be the only person who can’t pull off that hip and sleek earbud look. I have to use full headphones, dammit.

I’ve been following Dear Author’s Saturday Query series, though probably for all the wrong reasons. It kills me to read those entries/comments.

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Riding, Chapping and School Vacations

My beloved children are now officially on winter break. It’s only been two hours since the tall one should have been dropped off and one hour for the short one, and I’m already thinking this vacation will have a high attrition rate.

The husband did manage to get me one free day, though. There’s a bike path that winds through beautiful Franconia Notch, and in the winter the snowmobiles use it. ATVs are never allowed except for one day … Read More »

Weekend Question: To stet or not to stet

The question for this weekend is…

Would telling my editor where to shove her red pen kill my career? She corrected my grammar and caught my typos and pointed out plot inconsistencies, but then she goes on to “suggest” rewrites that change sentence structure. She likes long flowery sentences and this is a romantic suspense. Another example is when I used the word “stroked” and she wanted it changed to “petted”. He’s stroking her hair, and she doesn’t have four

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