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FIRST FIVE FRENZY with Tracy Marchini of BookEnds Literary Agency

  Posted by Amy Trueblood , 24 March 2017 · 22 views

              If you’re like me, you toil for hours editing and fine-tuning the first pages of your manuscript. You look at the first lines to make sure they are compelling and tight. You examine the next few paragraphs hoping your MC’s voice is already taking hold of the reader.   […]

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QUITE THE QUERY: LAURA RUECKERT AND A DRAGONBIRD IN THE FERN

  Posted by Amy Trueblood , 22 March 2017 · 35 views

                If you ask any writer about the process of connecting with their agent (or publisher), the majority will say the most difficult part was querying. Not only the actual process of sending out the letters/emails, but formulating the query itself. In fact, I’ve heard more than a […]

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QUITE THE QUERY: Katie Bucklein and THE ELEGANCE OF TYRANNY

  Posted by Amy Trueblood , 15 March 2017 · 55 views

            If you ask any writer about the process of connecting with their agent (or publisher), the majority will say the most difficult part was querying. Not only the actual process of sending out the letters/emails, but formulating the query itself. In fact, I’ve heard more than a few authors say […]

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Monday Musings: A Writer’s Bill of Rights

  Posted by Amy Trueblood , 27 February 2017 · 59 views

          It’s hard to believe, but in January of this year I celebrated my five year blogging anniversary! When I started posting, I wanted to share my ups and downs in publishing. What I learned as I went through the process. In those five years, I’ve used this blog to share […]

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2017 Sun vs. Snow – What it takes to put on this show!

  Posted by Amy Trueblood , 13 February 2017 · 59 views

        Well, once again, we’ve blown through another year of Sun versus Snow. As usual, it was crazy, a little nerve-racking, but ALWAYS fun.   I put together this post after last year’s contest, and went ahead and updated this year, because I believe it’s important for every writer to understand what […]

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2017 Sun Vs. Snow Agent Round!

  Posted by Amy Trueblood , 08 February 2017 · 66 views

        Today is the day our 21 amazing agents can begin reading the Team Sun entries and making requests. Not only will they see the amazing entries here, but they can also make requests for Team Snow over at Michelle Hauck’s blog!     As the agents move through the entries, please remember that contests are subjective. […]

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SvS 1: Broken Promises: The Last Gift – Adult Contemporary Romance

  Posted by Amy Trueblood , 08 February 2017 · 64 views

    Title: BROKEN PROMISES: THE LAST GIFT Category/Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance Word Count:  88,000       Is your main character hot or cold?     I’m numb. Somewhere between hot and cold — emotional limbo, so to speak. Heartache will do that to a girl. In the past, people would’ve described me as cold. […]

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SvS 2: Loving Laney – Adult Contemporary Romance

  Posted by Amy Trueblood , 08 February 2017 · 64 views

    Title: LOVING LANEY Category/Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance Word Count: 70,000     Is your main character hot or cold?     Laney Wilson would be described as cold. After being abandoned by her mother and breaking up with the love of her life, Laney has learned to keep her emotions bottled up and her heart protected. […]

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SvS 3: The Underappreciated Art of Not Dying – Women’s Fiction (Ownvoices)

  Posted by Amy Trueblood , 08 February 2017 · 44 views

    Title: THE UNDERAPPRECIATED ART OF NOT DYING Category/Genre: Adult WF, OwnVoices Word Count: 65,000     Is your main character hot or cold?   Leonie’s depression makes her run cold as ice.     Query:     Twenty-three-year-old Leonie has a respectable job at a Seattle law firm, a crappy 226 square foot “apartment,” and a […]

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SvS 4: Jumping Fences – MG Contemporary

  Posted by Amy Trueblood , 08 February 2017 · 46 views

    Title: JUMPING FENCES Category/Genre: MG Contemporary Word Count: 41,000     Is your main character hot or cold?   Here’s a tip. If a girl with a Puerto Rican mom and an Italian dad describes her personality as “cold”, then she’s a lying liar from East Liar-stan. And you can take that to the bank, courtesy […]

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