Queries, Qualms, & Quirks

Queries, Qualms, & Quirks asks published authors to share their successful query letter and discuss their journey from first spark to day of publication. Author Sarah Nicolas interviews authors of all genres about how they got started writing, their writing process, getting their book deal, and their experiences with publication.

https://sarahnicolas.com/queries-qualms-quirks/

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 37m. Bisher sind 66 Folge(n) erschienen. Dieser Podcast erscheint wöchentlich.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 1 day 16 hours 11 minutes

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episode 30: Author and Poet Donna Gordon and the Desire to Put Words Together


Author and Poet Donna Gordon joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss switching from poetry to prose, the impact of mentors, a long interruption of her writing career, how her visual art helps her writing, needing to write, learning to put herself first, going from being a writer to an author, the stamina it takes to write and sell a book, and collaborating with people who can see things you can't see.

Donna Gordon is a Cambridge, MA-based writer...


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episode 29: Women’s Fiction Author Roselle Lim and Using Your Petty Batteries


Women’s Fiction Author Roselle Lim joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss parting with an agent, querying a book 120 times, how debuts are like weddings, crying on release day, worrying about things you can't control, how changing for people who hate your book alienates the people who love your book, and the importance of both writing and non-writing community

Roselle Lim is the critically acclaimed author of Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune, Vanessa Yu’s...


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   33m
 
 

episode 28: SFF Author Erin Fulmer and Everything Happening All at Once


SFF Author Erin Fulmer joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss the importance of community, realizing writing is not such a solitary pursuit, doing things out of order, marketing as a small press author, worrying about choosing the wrong path, and the pros and cons of going with a small press.

Erin Fulmer is an attorney by day, author of science fiction and fantasy by night. A 2020 Pitch Wars alumna, she lives in Northern California with her husband and cats...


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   28m
 
 

episode 27: Mystery Author Sandra Block and Losing Control


Mystery Author Sandra Block joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss querying with stamps, taking a 15 year break, reading the book on common mistakes (see link below), multiple R&Rs to get a book deal, dealing with the lack of control over the publishing process, being kind with herself, and carving out time to write.

Sandra A. Block graduated from college at Harvard, then returned to her native land of Buffalo, New York for medical training and never left...


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 2022-07-07  26m
 
 

episode 26: Young Adult Author Jamie Beth Cohen and Checking Her Body for Jealousy


Young Adult Author Jamie Beth Cohen joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss the strawberry shortcake origin story, going against a mentor's advice, the ups and downs of going with a small press, having more to say than having time to write it down, and getting a lot out of Pitch Wars without having been selected.

Jamie Beth Cohen is a writer, speaker, and storyteller who lives in Pennsylvania...


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 2022-06-30  40m
 
 

episode 25: Gothic Fiction Author Paulette Kennedy and Letting the Words Come Out


Gothic Fiction Author Paulette Kennedy joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss letting go of perfectionism to get a draft done, the impact of her first critical critique, learning about publishing on twitter, how much influence Marketing has on publishing a book, her favorite marketing activities, wanting to "get an A" on her first draft, and having a #pitmad twitter pitch go viral...


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 2022-06-23  32m
 
 

episode 24: Historical Fiction Author Addison Armstrong and When Your Passion Becomes Your Work


Historical Fiction Author Addison Armstrong joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss predicting her jobs in Pre-K, querying too soon due to excitement, graduating college with a literary agent, taking her book offer call with a broom in one hand, being surprised by a two-book contract, how a book contract changed her feelings towards writing, and worrying that the first book contract was a fluke.

Addison Armstrong is a historical fiction author and a third-grade teacher...


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 2022-06-16  23m
 
 

episode 23: Young Adult Author Crystal Maldonado and Writing for the Vibes


Young Adult Author Crystal Maldonado joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss boyband fan fiction, the one book that made her feel like there might be room for her stories, googling everything, being shy about being a writer, her actual rejections from publishers, covid interfering with her publishing schedule, her book baby taking a backseat to her human baby, being grateful for the publishing delay, wishing she had shared her writing sooner, and sending Roxane Gay a copy of...


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 2022-06-09  48m
 
 

episode 22: Book Club Fiction Jessica Strawser and Taking a Pause


Book Club Fiction Jessica Strawser joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss not believing in her own writing, being inspired by the authors she interviewed, realizing successful authors are regular people, the difference between knowing what a good query letter is and writing your own, the overlap in publishing schedules, worrying you've wasted so much time, advice from Debbie Macomber, and not being afraid to take a pause...


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 2022-06-02  35m
 
 

episode 21: Young Adult Author Carolyn Tara O’Neil and a Passion for Settings


Young Adult Author Carolyn Tara O’Neil joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss dreaming of being Carolyn Keene, spending five years drafting and revising her debut, reading the entire Query Shark blog, adding a POV to increase request rate by 600%, how much work her agent actually does, writing one day a week, worrying of never writing something worthy, not beating yourself up, and believing in your own writing...


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 2022-05-26  27m