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 40m. Bisher sind 25 Folge(n) erschienen. Dies ist ein wöchentlich erscheinender Podcast.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 16 hours 10 minutes

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episode 24: Mystery Author Kellye Garrett and Kicking the Door Open


Mystery Author Kellye Garrett joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss getting an agent offer at a bar, Pitch Wars, when your publisher abruptly shuts down, writing a book because of a headline, selling a book after a year versus five days, waiting ten months to announce a book deal, and never winning NaNoWriMo. ✦ 

Kellye Garrett is the author of the upcoming suspense novel Like A Sister and the Detective by Day lightweight mysteries...


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   35m
 
 

episode 23: Middle Grade Author Deva Fagan and the Long Dark Night of the Soul


Middle Grade author Deva Fagan joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss having a contract cancelled, leaving multiple agents, feeling like a failure despite selling three books, how referrals aren’t a golden ticket, when your fears come to pass, and asking for what you need.  ✦

Deva Fagan is the author of middle grade fantasy novels Nightingale, Rival Magic and more. She lives in Maine with her husband and her dog...


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   38m
 
 

episode 22: Speculative Fiction Author EJ Wenstrom and Selling a Dystopian in a Dystopia


Speculative Fiction author EJ Wenstrom joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss taking a chance on a small press, not being too precious with your work, the zero draft method, not staying with an agent who’s not a good fit, writing off trend, and positive ADHD representation. ✦ 

E. J. Wenstrom believes in complicated heroes, horrifying monsters, purple hair dye and standing to the right on escalators so the left side can walk...


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   42m
 
 

episode 21: Science Fiction Author Mike Chen and the Sports Reporter to Novelist Pipeline


Science Fiction Author Mike Chen  joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss resurrecting shelved novels, querying transitioning from paper to digital, going to acquisitions five times in 20 months, releasing a pandemic book just before a pandemic started, acquisitions nerves, drafting in layers, and getting better with every attempt.  ✦

Mike Chen is the author of We Could Be Heroes, Here And Now And Then, and A Beginning At The End...


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   40m
 
 

episode 20: Thriller Author Tammy Euliano and Putting Yourself Out There


Thriller Author Tammy Euliano joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss putting yourself out there, getting killer author blurbs, the way writing is harder than being a doctor, the exercise that gets her unstuck, and the importance of writing community. ✦ 

Tammy’s writing is inspired by her day job as a physician, researcher and educator at the University of Florida...


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 2021-08-19  35m
 
 

episode 19: Middle Grade Author Adrianna Cuevas and the Successful Conference Pitch


Middle Grade author Adrianna Cuevas joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss writing for a specific audience, the kindness of other writers, making massive revisions, writing with the television on, and fear of not being good enough.  ✦ 

Adrianna Cuevas is the author of the Pura Belpre honor book The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez and the upcoming Cuba in My Pocket. She is a first-generation Cuban-American originally from Miami, Florida...


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 2021-08-12  45m
 
 

episode 18: Historical Romance Author Royaline Sing and Her Literary Agent Sara Megibow


Historical romance author Royaline Sing and her literary agent Sara Megibow join Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss querying an agent with a publication offer in-hand, Sara’s normal submission-reading process, finding the time to write, breaking the rules, trusting your partners, and surprises being the norm in the publishing industry...


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 2021-08-05  42m
 
 

episode 17: Picture Book Author Tara Lazar and Rebelling Against Routine


Picture Book Author Tara Lazar joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss how to do picture book market research, writing in between wiping baby butts, publishing surprises, coming up with book titles before anything else, figuring out what works for you, and not having a writing schedule. ✦ 

Street magic performer. Award-winning ice sculptor. Hog-calling champion. These are all things Tara Lazar has never been...


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 2021-07-29  43m
 
 

episode 16: Contemporary Fiction Author Suzanne Park and A Thousand Rejections


Contemporary Fiction Author Suzanne Park joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss going to acquisitions (multiple times) without getting a book deal, repurposing life stories for fiction, the impact writing for standup has on her novels, the lack of a linear path after Pitch Wars, and amassing a thousand rejections.  ✦ 

Suzanne Park is a Korean-American author who was born and raised in Tennessee...


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 2021-07-22  46m
 
 

episode 15: Romance Author Kait Ballenger and the Literal Elevator Pitch


Romance novelist Kait Ballenger joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss not meeting publisher's sales expectations,  writing on the tail end of a trend, getting a starred review without knowing what it means, only writing what you love, and getting an agent after a literal elevator pitch...


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 2021-07-15  42m
 
 
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