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Queries, Qualms, & Quirks

Queries, Qualms, & Quirks

By Sarah Nicolas
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.
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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. Carolyn Tara O’Neil grew up in a tiny New York City apartment filled with thousands of books. Every Friday she went to the public library for even more reading material. Since then, Carolyn has dedicated her career to the education and rights of young people. She loves to travel, study languages, and spend endless hours discussing TV, books, great hiking trails, and how we can work together to build a more equal society. Her debut novel, DAUGHTERS OF A DEAD EMPIRE, is set during the Russian Revolution and was published in 2022 by Roaring Brook Press. Carolyn: Query | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon | Bookshop | IndieBound | Libro FM Ira Glass on the Creative Gap QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqcarolyn This page includes affiliate links. Please use them if you’d like to support the show.
27:40
May 26, 2022
Young Adult Author Margie Fuston and Proving Vampires are Real
Young Adult Author Margie Fuston joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss having both a great and a terrible Pitch Wars experience, ditching a PhD to write a book, selling a trunked novel after getting an agent, R&Rs, making the one change she said she'd never make, fear of social media, taking care of your mental and physical health. Margie Fuston lives in the woods of California and spends all her time wrangling a herd of cats and helping her nephews hunt ghosts, pond monsters, and mermaids. She’s the author of Vampires, Hearts, and Other Dead Things and Cruel Illusions. Margie: Query | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon | Bookshop | IndieBound | Libro FM QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqfuston This page includes affiliate links. Please use them if you’d like to support the show.
32:46
May 19, 2022
Science-Fiction Author Jackson Ford and the Secret First Draft
Science-Fiction Author Jackson Ford joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss almost giving up, being encouraged by a friend, having his first series not meet sales expectations, transitioning from journalism to fiction, and not spending enough time with his characters. Jackson Ford is a South African author living in Vancouver. He is the author of the Frost Files series, starring the psychokinetic government agent Teagan Frost. Jackson: Query | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon | Bookshop | IndieBound | Libro FM QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqford This page includes affiliate links. Please use them if you’d like to support the show.
29:35
May 12, 2022
Young Adult Author Sarah Dass and the Pressure of Representation
Young Adult Author Sarah Dass joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss letting go of a book to move forward, the importance of finishing books, her debut group, a disastrous first book, amassing 100 rejections, Pitch Wars, and getting published with your third book. Sarah Dass was born in Trinidad but has lived in Tobago since she was two years old. She works as an office administrator by day and writes stories about the Caribbean by night. When she's not writing, she's reading or taking walks with her dachshund, Stella. Sarah's debut novel, Where the Rhythm Takes You, is inspired by her childhood, spent in a seaside hotel. Sarah: Query | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon | Bookshop | IndieBound | Libro FM QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqdass This page includes affiliate links. Please use them if you’d like to support the show.
37:29
May 05, 2022
Book Club Fiction Author Lyn Liao Butler and Too Much Query Personalization
Book Club Fiction Author Lyn Liao Butler joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss the book that started as a blog, dissecting her favorite books to learn to write, doing an R&R, not getting into Pitch Wars (for a great reason), reviving trunked novels, post-publication uncertainty, traveling for research, the importance of community, and the benefit of an agent in your corner. Lyn Liao Butler was born in Taiwan and moved to the States when she was seven. Before becoming an author, she was a professional ballet and modern dancer, and is still a personal trainer and fitness and yoga instructor. She is an avid animal lover who fosters dogs and volunteers with rescues. When she is not torturing clients or talking to imaginary characters, Lyn enjoys spending time with her FDNY husband, their son (the happiest little boy in the world), and their three stubborn dachshunds; sewing for her Etsy shop; and trying complicated yoga poses on a stand-up paddleboard. So far, she has not fallen into the water. Lyn: Query | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon | Bookshop | IndieBound | Libro FM QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqbutler  This page includes affiliate links. Please use them if you’d like to support the show.
31:54
April 28, 2022
Nonfiction Author Jessica P. Pryde and a Dare from Daniel José Older
Nonfiction Author Jessica P. Pryde joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss starting in fanfic, the magic of writing dates, getting an agent without querying, learning how to write a nonfiction proposal, long waiting periods, worrying about the concept matching the reality, narrowing your audience to make your book better, and more. Jessica P. Pryde is a Contributing Editor for Book Riot and cohost of the When In Romance podcast. Her book, Black Love Matters: Real Talk on Romance, Being Seen, and Happily Ever Afters, is a collection of essays about the consumption of romantic media and the Black experience. Jessica: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon | Bookshop | IndieBound | Libro FM QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqpryde This page includes affiliate links. Please use them if you’d like to support the show.
32:13
April 21, 2022
Young Adult Author Lauren James and the Ten-Year Gap Year
Young Adult Author Lauren James joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss having a supportive family, thinking every year this will be the year she has to get a real job, the ten year gap year, when your entire America publishing team gets fired, publishing three books during the pandemic, the one course she wish she'd taken, trusting your instincts, and the value in an editor who also teaches as you go. Lauren James is the twice Carnegie-nominated British author of many Young Adult novels, including Green Rising, The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker and The Loneliest Girl in the Universe. She is a RLF Royal Fellow, freelance editor and screenwriter. Lauren is the founder of the Climate Fiction Writers League, and on the board of the Authors & Illustrators Sustainability Working Group through the Society of Authors. Lauren: Query | Website | Twitter | Amazon | Bookshop | IndieBound | Libro FM QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqlj This page includes affiliate links. Please use them if you’d like to support the show.
38:40
April 14, 2022
Middle Grade Author Payal Doshi and the Joy of Writing a Single Scene
Middle Grade Author Payal Doshi joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss writing Captain Planet fanfic at eight years old, putting revisions on hold to have a baby, removing an entire POV, wanting to tell a story different from the dominant narrative, paying attention to the market, having to do your own marketing, the benefits and challenges of working with a small press, knowing which questions to ask, writing with a young child, paying attention to word count Payal Doshi has a Master’s in Creative Writing from The New School, NY. Having lived in India, the UK, and US, she noticed a lack of Indian protagonists in global children’s fiction and one day wrote the opening paragraph to her debut middle grade novel, REA AND THE BLOOD OF THE NECTAR. Raised in Mumbai, India, she currently lives in Minneapolis, MN with her family and can be found daydreaming about fantasy realms to send her characters off into. Payal: Query | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon | Bookshop | IndieBound QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqpayal This page includes affiliate links. Please use them if you’d like to support the show.
45:06
April 07, 2022
Middle Grade Author Meera Trehan and Falling Asleep on Page 75
Middle Grade Author Meera Trehan joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss setting a contract with yourself for writing time, the ups and downs of writing conferences, finding friends through writing contests, harsh query rejections, leaving an agent, struggling with titles, how her greatest fear was her greatest strength, and using the waiting time to work on your craft. Meera Trehan grew up in Virginia where she read as much as she could, memorized poems, and ate enough cookies to earn the nickname “Monster” after the Cookie Monster. After attending the University of Virginia and Stanford Law School, she practiced law for over a decade before turning to writing for children. Her debut, the MG novel THE VIEW FROM THE VERY BEST HOUSE IN TOWN came out from Walker US/Candlewick in February 2022. Meera: Query | Website | Twitter | Amazon | Bookshop | IndieBound | Libro FM Story by Robert McKee Steering the Craft by Ursula K Le Guin Tackling a Multi-POV Query Letter from Kimberly Vale  QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqmeera This page includes affiliate links. Please use them if you’d like to support the show.
46:29
March 31, 2022
Horror Author Cynthia Pelayo and Your Person Versus Your Persona
Horror Author Cynthia Pelayo joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss breaking stereotypes, having an MFA but not knowing how to query, separating your person from your online persona, getting rejected by every major publisher, listening to your gut on edits, taking 4 years off writing, focusing on the writing instead of the drama, and avoiding the comparison game. Cynthia Pelayo is a three-time Bram Stoker Award nominated author and poet. She lives in Chicago with her family. Cynthia: Website | Twitter | Amazon | Bookshop | IndieBound | Libro FM QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqpelayo This page includes affiliate links. Please use them if you’d like to support the show.
39:17
March 24, 2022
Fantasy Author David R. Slayton and the Two Hardest Publishing Decisions
Fantasy Author David R. Slayton joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss leaving your first agent, canceling a book contract, R&R scars, writing in many genres, learning as you write the first couple of books, getting up at 5am to write, the expectation of marginalized authors to perform their trauma, the ritual of writing, and his advice for writers just starting out. David R. Slayton grew up outside of Guthrie, Oklahoma, where finding fantasy novels was pretty challenging and finding fantasy novels with diverse characters was downright impossible. David’s debut, White Trash Warlock, was published in 2020 by Blackstone Publishing and was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award. David: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon | Bookshop | IndieBound | Libro FM QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqslayton This page includes affiliate links. Please use them if you’d like to support the show.
44:09
March 17, 2022
Middle Grade Author Shakirah Bourne and the Email That Will Change Your Life
Middle Grade Author Shakirah Bourne joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss the benefit of saying yes to everything, getting distracted from pursuing publication, being 100% confident in a project that doesn't go anywhere, querying without knowing your genre, googling everything, publishing from outside the US, the unfairness of the publishing process, and how you will always have another dream project. Shakirah Bourne is a Bajan author and filmmaker born and based in Barbados. She once shot a movie scene in a cave with bats during an earthquake, but is too scared to watch horror movies. Her middle grade fantasy, JOSEPHINE AGAINST THE SEA was published by Scholastic in 2021, received starred reviews in Kirkus and Booklist, and was a School Library Journal Best Book of 2021. Shakirah: Query | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon | Bookshop | IndieBound | Libro FM QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqshakirah This page includes affiliate links. Please use them if you’d like to support the show.
41:30
March 10, 2022
Middle Grade Author Maria Frazer and Not Quitting Your Day Job
Middle Grade Author Maria Frazer joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss Google and Twitter University, #dvpit, figuring out her category, meeting friends through pitch contests, the importance of calling yourself a writer, the purpose of language, working with an editor who rejected the book, waiting for a book deal to get announced, being rejected by your peers, writing on your phone to trick your brain, and learning about taxes. Maria Frazer is a middle grade and young adult author with a heart of queso. She was born and raised in Texas, where she still spends her time turning every space into a reading nook. Her debut middle grade audiobook MARGARITA IN THE SPOTLIGHT is available now on Audible. Maria: Query | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqmariafrazer This page includes affiliate links. Please use them if you’d like to support the show.
44:34
March 03, 2022
Young Adult Author Derek Milman and the Last Pre-Pandemic Book Tour
Young Adult Author Derek Milman joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss going from acting to writing, how his brother's bachelor party launched his writing career, meeting agents for coffee, two atypical experiences at opposite ends of the spectrum, the last book tour before the pandemic, media mail, focusing on the work in the middle of the business, and being careful about choosing a publisher. Derek Milman is the author of the YA novels SWIPE RIGHT FOR MURDER and SCREAM ALL NIGHT. A classically-trained actor, who worked for years in TV and film, Derek now lives in Brooklyn where he (tries) to write full time. Derek: Query | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon | Bookshop | IndieBound | Libro FM QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqmilman This page includes affiliate links. Please use them if you’d like to support the show.
37:12
February 24, 2022
Sci-Fi Thriller Author Rob Hart and Managing Expectations
Sci-Fi Thriller Author Rob Hart joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss realizing what books could do, the protection the writing community can provide, having your book deal canceled, the benefit of a wide range of publishing experiences, Chuck Palahniuk, the domino effect of bad sales history, and we went on a tangent about writers getting paid for their time. Rob Hart is the author of six novels, the short story collection Take-Out, Scott Free with James Patterson, and a Star Wars story. His last book, The Warehouse, sold in 22 countries and was optioned for film by Ron Howard. His next novel, The Paradox Hotel, is due Feb. 22. Rob: Query | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon | Bookshop | IndieBound | Libro FM QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqrobhart 
28:46
February 17, 2022
Young Adult Author Heidi Heilig and the Joy in Receiving Critique
Young Adult Author Heidi Heilig joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss throwing away 600+ pages, getting an offer while on bedrest, making your main character more active, the magic in rewrites, transitioning to writing solo after having a writing partner, how being a receptionist helps her writing, and writing depression accurately but keeping it active. Heidi Heilig is the author of THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE, a historical fantasy series involving piracy, time travel, and 19th century Hawaii, and FOR A MUSE OF FIRE, a YA fantasy featuring a bipolar shadow player who can see the spirits of the dead. Heidi is bipolar herself, though when she travels through time, it is only in the usual “forward” direction. Heidi: Query | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon | Bookshop | IndieBound | Libro FM QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqheidi This page includes affiliate links. Please use them if you’d like to support the show.
40:58
February 10, 2022
Disney Author Mari Mancusi and the Longing to Go Into the Unknown
Disney Author Mari Mancusi joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss writing romance without yet understanding what it was, how she came to write Frozen books, not being afraid of the word no, the importance of reversion clauses, and the challenge with writing so many genres. Mari Mancusi is an Emmy award winning former TV news producer who has written over 30 novels to kids, teens and adults. She currently writes for Disney animation tie-in novels for Disney Press and middle grade books for Little Brown Young Readers. She lives in Austin, TX with her husband, daughter, and two dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cosplay, playing video games and making TikToks. Mari: Query | Website | Twitter | Instagram | TikTok | Amazon | Bookshop | IndieBound | Libro FM QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqmancusi This page includes affiliate links. Please use them if you’d like to support the show.
31:33
February 03, 2022
Literary Fiction Author Kirthana Ramisetti and the Twenty-Year Overnight Success
Literary Fiction Author Kirthana Ramisetti joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss how she accidentally got a songwriter credit, an overnight success 20 years in the making, bucking trends, finding the social media that works for you, how quarantine changed her writing process, and what TV show inspired a character's name. Kirthana Ramisetti is the author of Dava Shastri's Last Day, a Good Morning America Book Club pick. A former entertainment reporter, she has had her work published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic and more. Kirthana: Query | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon | Bookshop | IndieBound | Libro FM QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqkirthana This page includes affiliate links. Please use them if you’d like to support the show.
32:26
January 27, 2022
Mystery Author Kathleen Marple Kalb and the Headline I Can’t Actually Use
Mystery Author Kathleen Marple Kalb joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss querying in high school, getting rejections while sitting in a hospital waiting room, debuting in a pandemic, how Law & Order helps our writing, how working in news rooms has influenced her writing, writing headlines, and the importance of knowing your genre. Kathleen Marple Kalb describes herself as an Author/Anchor/Mom…not in that order. A weekend anchor at 1010 WINS Radio in New York, she writes mysteries for Kensington and Crooked Lane Books as well as short stories. She, her husband and son live in a Connecticut house owned by their cat. Kathleen: Query | Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Amazon | Bookshop | IndieBound | Libro FM Aka Nikki Knight: Twitter | Facebook | Amazon QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqkalb This page includes affiliate links. Please use them if you’d like to support the show.
28:45
January 20, 2022
Thriller Author Ashley Winstead and Eating Ice Cream in the Dark
Thriller Author Ashley Winstead joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss dreams deferred, not getting into an MFA, feeling like a Pitch Wars Showcase failure, how much easier writing the second book was, the importance of writing friends, making up new things to worry about, and having the courage to be the writer you want to be. Ashley Winstead is the author of In My Dreams I Hold a Knife, which has received positive reviews from the New York Times and Publishers Weekly, among others, and has been named one of the best debuts of the year by CrimeReads and Library Journal. She has a PhD in English and lives in Houston. Ashley: Query | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon | Bookshop | IndieBound | Libro FM QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqwinstead This page includes affiliate links. Please use them if you’d like to support the show.
48:22
January 13, 2022
Romance Author Ruby Barrett and the Opportunities Disguised as Failures
Romance Author Ruby Barrett joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss having your best friend as your first reader, Pitch Wars, learning about story structure, the importance of feedback, being inspired by a tweet, jealousy vs envy, the benefit of your friends getting published before you, how unemployment lead to her new career, how music inspires her writing. Ruby Barrett (she/her) writes steamy romances about big feelings. She is the author of HOT COPY, and the forthcoming THE ROMANCE RECIPE. She lives in Ottawa, Canada with her daughter and her husband. Ruby: Query | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon | IndieBound | Libro FM QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqruby Correction: CrossFit athlete Katrin Davidsdottir went on to win the event discussed on this episode. This page includes affiliate links. Please use them if you’d like to support the show.
49:17
January 06, 2022
Romance Author Charish Reid and the Kind of Professor She’d Like to Be
Romance Author Charish Reid joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss writing with ADHD, getting an agent and publication offer at the same time, reading reviews, putting things in perspective, the benefit of series in romance, preparing for the next book contract, writing bad poetry, and the need for external validation. ✦  Charish Reid is the author of three contemporary romance novels: The Write Escape, Hearts on Hold, and (Trust) Falling for You. She and her husband currently live in Sweden, teaching and exploring their new town. ✦  Charish: Query | Website | Twitter | Amazon | IndieBound | Libro FM ✦ QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦ If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqcharish ✦ This page includes affiliate links. Please use them if you’d like to support the show.
28:23
December 09, 2021
Young Adult Author Kyrie McCauley and the Importance of Being Present
Young Adult Author Kyrie McCauley joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss finding a supportive community early on, sobbing at her first edit letter, writing about tough topics, writing at the zoo, Pitch Wars, the mountains and valleys of publishing, and what she misses about querying. ✦  Kyrie McCauley is the author of If These Wings Could Fly and We Can Be Heroes. She lives near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with her family, three rescue cats, and a dog that eats books and is never sorry. ✦  Kyrie: Query | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon | Bookshop | IndieBound | Libro FM ✦  QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦  If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqkyrie ✦  This page includes affiliate links. Please use them if you’d like to support the show. ✦ 
27:16
December 02, 2021
Mystery Author Leslie Budewitz and the Lawyer to Author Pipeline
Mystery Author Leslie Budewitz joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss the lawyer to writer pipeline, Sisters in Crime, when the struggle was finding publishing information instead of curating it, the pre-internet writing community, writing fiction feeling too daunting at first, publishing as a business, and not having a linear path. ✦  Leslie Budewitz is a three-time Agatha Award winner and the best-selling author of the Spice Shop mysteries, set in Seattle, and the Food Lovers’ Village mysteries, set in NW Montana, where she lives. As Alicia Beckman, she writes moody suspense. Leslie is a Mystery Writers of America board member and a past president of Sisters in Crime. ✦  Leslie: Query | Website | Facebook | Amazon | Bookshop | IndieBound  ✦  If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqbudewitz ✦  This page includes affiliate links. Please use them if you’d like to support the show.
34:05
November 18, 2021
Young Adult Author Dante Medema and the Book Auction at the End of the World
Young Adult Author Dante Medema joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss having a massive earthquake the day your book goes to auction, being overwhelmed by writers conferences, knowing when a book is the one, the non-glamorous life of an author, ten years to overnight success, debuting during a pandemic, and separating the business from your ego. ✦  Dante Medema is the author of THE TRUTH PROJECT and MESSAGE NOT FOUND. When she isn’t writing she can be found chasing her dogs and four daughters around Alaska, obsessing over aliens, or embarrassing herself on Tiktok. ✦  Dante: Query | Website | Twitter | TikTok | Instagram | Amazon | Bookshop | IndieBound | Libro FM ✦  QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦  If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqdante ✦  This page includes affiliate links. Please use them if you’d like to support the show.
37:20
November 11, 2021
Romance Author Farah Heron and the New Year Resolution Follow-Through
Romance Author Farah Heron joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss the benefits of being a joiner, the problem with being Canadian, DVPit, finding your genre, the important of publicists, deciding if writing is worth the stress, the danger of self-rejection, being a chapter President during the RWA implosion, and nothing being more important than the writing. ✦  Farah Heron is a critically acclaimed author of romance and romcoms.. Her recent release, Accidentally Engaged, was praised in Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, NPR, Glamour magazine, and has been named one of the year's best romances by Vulture. Her YA debut, Tahira in Bloom, will be out November 1, 2021. ✦  Farah: Query | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon | Bookshop | IndieBound | LibroFM ✦  QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦  If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqfarah ✦  This page includes affiliate links. Please use them if you’d like to support the show. ✦ 
35:27
November 04, 2021
Horror Author Jessica Lewis and the Korean Rap Editing Hack
Horror Author Jessica Lewis joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss going from self-insert fanfiction to original fiction, the support of NaNoWriMo buddies, entering all the publishing contests, Pitch Wars, the pressure of writing for money, mental health, and trouble coming up with titles. ✦  Jessica Lewis is a Black author and receptionist. She lives with her way-funnier-than-her grandmother in Alabama. When she isn't writing or working, she enjoys watching cooking or HGTV-type home shows and playing farming sims. ✦  Jessica: Query | Website | Twitter | Amazon | Bookshop | IndieBound | Libro FM ✦  If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqjessicalewis ✦  This page includes affiliate links. Please use them if you’d like to support the show. ✦ 
19:10
October 28, 2021
Young Adult Author Annie Sullivan and the Resurrected Manuscript
Young Adult Author Annie Sullivan joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss getting two requests out of a hundred queries, why “write something new” and “don’t give up on a book you love” are not contradictory, learning about publishing rights and contracts, the migration of goalposts, leaving Easter Eggs for her readers, and not putting time limits on your self. ✦  Annie Sullivan is the author of three young adult fantasy novels A Touch of Gold, A Curse of Gold, and Tiger Queen. She lives in Indiana but loves to travel the world. She has a passion for all things fairytales and Jane Austen and loves interacting with fans. ✦  Annie: Query | Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | TikTok | Amazon | Bookshop | IndieBound | LibroFM ✦  QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦  PubTalk Live: Ask the Agents: Contract Terms If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqannies  ✦  This page includes affiliate links. Please use them if you’d like to support the show. ✦ 
35:51
October 21, 2021
Middle Grade Author Sarah McGuire and Threading the Needle of Confidence
Middle Grade Author Sarah McGuire joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss shelving a book after six years, being orphaned by your publisher, the revelation courtesy of her opera-singer sister, creating Egmont’s Last List, learning who to take which critiques from, and imposter syndrome. ✦  Sarah McGuire is math teacher who sailed around the world aboard a floating college campus. She writes fairy tales and fun fantasy and would love to open a wardrobe and stumble into another world. She wishes Florida had mountains, but she lives there anyways with her husband and their family. ✦  Sarah: Query | Website | Twitter | Amazon | Bookshop | IndieBound  ✦ QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦ If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqsarahm
41:49
October 14, 2021
Historical Crime Author John Copenhaver and Finding Meaning in the Process
Historical Crime Author John Copenhaver joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss getting an MFA, querying via snail mail, changes in the mystery genre landscape, what happens if you never get published, and the importance of forming relationships in the industry. ✦  John Copenhaver’s historical crime novel, Dodging and Burning, won the 2019 Macavity Award for Best First Mystery Novel and garnered Anthony, Strand Critics, Barry, and Lambda Award nominations. His second novel, The Savage Kind, was just released. He writes a crime fiction review column for Lambda called “Blacklight,” and cohosts on the House of Mystery Radio Show. He lives in Richmond, VA. ✦  John: Query | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon | Bookshop | LibroFM | IndieBound ✦  QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦  If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqcopenhaver
38:45
October 07, 2021
Science Fiction Author AJ Super and the Measured Risk That Paid Off
Science Fiction author AJ Super joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss not getting into Pitch Wars, how far kindness can take you, a successful query letter that is not perfect, how long it takes to put out a good book, mental health challenges, and taking measured risks. ✦  Angela/AJ Super is a 2021 debut author. Her space opera, Erebus Dawning and its sequel, A Star Reborn have recently released from Aethon Books. She lives in Kansas with her husband and fuzz-brained kitties. ✦  AJ: Query | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon | Bookshop | LibroFM | IndieBound ✦  QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦  If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqajsuper
29:34
September 30, 2021
Picture Book Author Kira Bigwood and Taking an Opposite Action
Picture Book Author Kira Bigwood joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss querying for eight years, how many picture books you should have ready before submitting, the process of writing a picture book without an illustrator, querying too soon, the importance of making connections, and how making a picture book is truly a team effort. ✦  Kira Bigwood is an advertising copywriter turned children’s author. Her debut picture book, Secret, Secret Agent Guy, illustrated by Celia Krampien, released this spring from Atheneum Books for Young Readers, and received starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal. Kira is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, and lives in Chicago with her husband, three children and their pandemic puppy. ✦  Kira: Query | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon | Bookshop | IndieBound ✦  12 x 12 Challenge ✦  QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦  If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqkirabigwood
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September 23, 2021
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. The first, Hollywood Homicide, won the Anthony, Agatha, Lefty, and IPPY for best first novel. She serves on Sisters in Crime’s national board, is a former Pitch Wars Managing Director and is a co-founder of Crime Writers of Color. ✦  Kellye: Query Text | Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads | Bookshop | Libro.fm | Amazon | Indiebound ✦  QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦  If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqkellye
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September 16, 2021
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. When she’s not writing she spends her time reading, playing video games, doing geometry, and drinking copious amounts of tea.  ✦  Deva: Query Text | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon | Bookshop: Nightingale -- Rival Magic | Libro.fm | IndieBound  ✦  QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon  ✦  If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqdeva
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September 09, 2021
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. She writes dark speculative fiction for adults and teens, including her new release, the young adult dystopian novel Departures. ✦  EJ: Query | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Amazon | IndieBound | Bookshop ✦  QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦  If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqejwenstrom
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September 02, 2021
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. He has contributed to Star Wars: From A Certain Point Of View and covered geek culture for sites such as Tor.com, The Mary Sue, and StarTrek.com. In previous lives, he has been a musician, DJ, aerospace engineer, and credentialed NHL reporter. Mike lives in the Bay Area with his wife, daughter, and rescue animals.  ✦ Mike: Query | Website | Twitter | Amazon | Bookshop | Libro FM | IndieBound  ✦ Links from Mike: What Happens After You Get a Literary Agent An In-Depth Look at His Query Letter A Post About His Book Deal QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon  ✦ If links aren't clickable, find them here:  https://bit.ly/qqqmikechen
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August 26, 2021
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. Her short fiction has been recognized by Glimmer Train, Flame Tree Press, Flash Fiction Magazine, and others. Her debut medical thriller, Fatal Intent, was published by Oceanview in March, 2021. ✦  Tammy: Query Text | Website | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads | Bookshop | IndieBound | Libro.fm | Amazon ✦ QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦ If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqtammy
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August 19, 2021
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. A former Spanish and ESOL teacher, Adrianna currently resides in Austin, Texas with her husband and son.  ✦  Adrianna: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon | Bookshop: The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez | Cuba in my Pocket | Libro FM | IndieBound ✦ QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦ If links aren't clickable, find them here:  https://bit.ly/qqqadrianna
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August 12, 2021
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. ✦  Royaline Sing writes through the noise of my lovely two kids, a very supportive husband, and a bank job where numbers rule. She is currently writing Historical Romances, with heroines setting their own norms and coming toe-to-toe with heroes worth loving. She is a huge fan of Bollywood romantic movies and Marvel. ✦  Sara Megibow is a literary agent with kt literary out of Highlands Ranch, CO. She has worked in publishing since 2006 and represents New York Times bestsellers authors including Margaret Rogerson, Roni Loren, Jason M. Hough and Jaleigh Johnson. She specializes in launching debut authors and working on long-term career development and profit strategy with them. ✦  Royaline: Query | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Linktree | Amazon | Bookshop | Libro FM | IndieBound  ✦  Sara: kt literary | Twitter ✦  QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦  If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqroyalinesara
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August 05, 2021
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. Instead, she writes stories for children featuring quirky characters and hilarious happenings. Tara writes the 7 ATE 9 series of picture books from Little Brown, illustrated by Ross MacDonald. Her latest book is BLOOP with illustrator Mike Boldt, about an alien who comes to conquer earth but thinks the dogs are in charge! ✦  Tara: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Bookshop | Amazon | IndieBound ✦  QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦  If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqtara 
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July 29, 2021
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. In her former life as a stand up comedian, Suzanne appeared on BET, was the winner of the Seattle Sierra Mist Comedy Competition, and was a semi-finalist in NBC's "Stand Up For Diversity" showcase. ✦  Suzanne: Query Text | Website | Instagram | Twitter | Amazon | Bookshop | Libro FM | IndieBound |  QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦ If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqsuzanne
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July 22, 2021
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. ✦ Kait Ballenger is the award-winning author of the Seven Range Shifter paranormal romance series, where she weaves captivating tales of dark, sexy heroes who are cowboys by day, wolf shifters by night. When Kait’s not writing “intense and riveting” paranormal plots or “high-voltage” love scenes that make even seasoned romance readers blush, she can usually be found with her nose buried in a good book. She lives in Florida with her husband and two young sons. ✦ Kait: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Amazon | Bookshop | IndieBound | Libro FM ✦ QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦ If links aren’t clickable, find them at: https://bit.ly/qqqkait
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July 15, 2021
Mystery Author Susan Elia MacNeal and Rolling with the Punches
Mystery Author Susan Elia MacNeal joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss almost giving up, how being a writer is like being a boxer, writing a cocktail book while pregnant, and publishing a book with a slow start but a long tail. ✦ Susan Elia MacNeal is the author of The New York Times, Washington Post, Publishers Weekly and USA Today-bestselling Maggie Hope mystery series, starting with the Edgar Award-nominated and Barry Award-winning MR. CHURCHILL'S SECRETARY, which is now in its 23nd printing. Her most recent book is THE HOLLYWOOD SPY, which just came out on July 6. ✦ Susan: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon | Bookshop | IndieBound | Libro FM ✦ QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦  If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqsusan 
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July 08, 2021
Middle Grade author Laura Segal Stegman and Finding Peace with Your Path
Middle Grade author Laura Segal Stegman joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss dozens of revisions over 28 years, the importance of writing community, deciding to sign with a small press, querying too early, and both the benefit and distraction of Twitter. L.A.-based arts publicist and author Laura Segal Stegman’s middle grade debut, Summer of L.U.C.K., was released in September 2020 by INtense Publications and will be followed by a sequel in 2021. Her non-fiction credits include the travel book Only in New York. Her feature stories have appeared in Los Angeles Times and Westways Magazine, among others. Laura: Query Text | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Amazon | Bookshop | IndieBound QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon If the links aren't clickable, find them at: https://bit.ly/qqqlaura
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July 01, 2021
Young Adult Author Angeline Boulley and a Decades-Long Journey
Young Adult Author Angeline Boulley joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss waiting 28 years to write the book, the most illuminating question to ask offering agents, prioritizing Native talent when negotiating her film rights, ensuring her craft was worthy of the story she wanted to tell, and the single most helpful thing she did for her writing. ✦  Angeline Boulley is a #1 New York Times bestselling author who writes about her Ojibway community in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Her debut novel, Firekeeper’s Daughter, is a Reese’s Book Club selection and received the inaugural Barnes & Noble Young Adult Book Award. It’s being developed for a Netflix series by the Obamas’ Higher Ground Productions. ✦  Angeline: Query Text | Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Bookshop | Libro.fm | Amazon | Indiebound ✦  Questions to Ask a Prospective Agent from Jim McCarthy ✦  QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦  If the links aren't clickable, find them at: http://bit.ly/qqqangeline
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June 24, 2021
Literary Fiction Author Catherine Adel West and There Is No Morning Dew (Yet)
Literary Fiction Author Catherine Adel West  joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss the dangers of pitching your book before it’s complete, the advantages of virtual book tours, the need for publishing to reflect the world around it, advocating for yourself, and letting go of bitterness. ✦   Catherine Adel West was born and raised in Chicago, IL where she currently resides. Her debut Saving Ruby King was published in 2020. Catherine's short story “Orion’s Star” is featured in the body positive anthology Every Body Shines. Her sophomore novel Becoming Sara King is slated for release in 2022. ✦   Catherine: Query | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon | LibroFM | Bookshop | IndieBound ✦   Every Body Shines: Bookshop | Amazon | IndieBound ✦   QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon  ✦  If the links aren't clickable, find them at: http://bit.ly/qqqcawest
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June 17, 2021
Cozy Mystery Author Mia P. Manansala and a Candle for the Ancestors
Cozy Mystery Author Mia P. Manansala joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss how a one-day writing workshop change everything, the pressure to represent your community well, the importance of a writing support network, being jealous of writing friends, and choosing the right agent for you, even if they’re not the biggest agent that offers. ✦  Mia P. Manansala (she/her) is a writer and certified book coach from Chicago who loves books, baking, and bad-ass women. She uses humor (and murder) to explore aspects of the Filipino diaspora, queerness, and her millennial love for pop culture. Her debut novel, ARSENIC AND ADOBO, is out now! ✦  Mia: Query Text | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Amazon | Bookshop | LibroFM  ✦  QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon  ✦  If the links aren't clickable, find them at: http://bit.ly/qqqmiapm
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June 10, 2021
Romance Author Mary Ann Marlowe and the Relief of Going Hybrid
Romance novelist Mary Ann Marlowe joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss getting into Pitch Wars but not getting an agent, finally finding and losing an agent, the importance of loving the writing first, imposter syndrome, and the relief in being a hybrid author. ✦ Mary Ann lives in central Virginia where she works as a computer programmer/DBA. She spent ten years as a university-level French professor, and her resume includes stints as an au pair in Calais, a hotel intern in Paris, a German tutor, a college radio disc jockey, and a webmaster for several online musician fandoms. She has lived in twelve states and three countries and loves to travel. ✦ Mary Ann: Query Text | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon | Bookshop: Dating by the Book | Kind of a Big Deal | Some Kind of Magic | Libro FM: Some Kind of Magic | A Crazy Kind of Love ✦ QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦ If the links aren't clickable, find them at: http://bit.ly/qqqmaryann ✦
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June 03, 2021
Middle Grade Author Alyson Gerber and Taking Up Space
Middle Grade author Alyson Gerber joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss separating the art from the business, gaining confidence as a writer, writing to understand your own truth, being waitlisted for your dream, and the importance of persistence. ✦  Alyson Gerber is the author of the critically acclaimed, own-voices novels Braced and Focused published by Scholastic. Her third novel Taking Up Space released on May 18, 2021. She has an MFA from The New School in Writing for Children and lives in New York City with her family. ✦  Alyson: Query Text | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Amazon | Bookshop: Taking Up Space -- Braced | Audiobooks: Taking Up Space -- Braced ✦  QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦  If links aren't clickable, find them here: http://bit.ly/qqqalyson
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May 27, 2021
YA Author Jenn P. Nguyen and the Publishing Hail Mary
YA Author Jenn P. Nguyen joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss fanfiction as a gateway drug, querying by mail, starting over after separating with your agent, trying for a publishing hail mary (and getting it!), and trying to like coffee. ✦  Jenn P. Nguyen is the author of THE WAY TO GAME THE WALK OF SHAME and FAKE IT TILL YOU BREAK IT. She was born in Mississippi, raised in New Orleans, LA (Go Saints!), where she currently lives with her husband and high school sweetheart along with their two wonderful although slightly crazy kids. ✦  Jenn fell in love with books in third grade and spent the rest of her school years reading through lunchtime and giving up recess to organize the school library. Partially because the weather in New Orleans was always scorching, but mainly because she loved to be surrounded by books. Now Jenn get to spend my days reading, dreaming up YA romances, and binge watching addicting Korean dramas all in the name of ‘research’. ✦  Jenn: Query Text | Website | Twitter | Amazon | Bookshop: Walk of Shame -- Fake It Till You Break It ✦  QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦  If the links aren't clickable, find them at: http://bit.ly/qqqjenn
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May 20, 2021
Fantasy Author Rebecca Enzor and the Publishing Plot Twist
Editor and fantasy author Rebecca Enzor joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss unlearning passive voice, writing nine books before finding success, the importance of critique partners, and the surprising ending to her publishing career. ✦ Rebecca Enzor is an analytical chemist in Vancouver, WA, where she lives with her husband, two dogs, two cats, and sometimes chickens. Her articles on writing science in science fiction can be found in Writer’s Digest “Putting the Science in Fiction”. Obsessed with everything ocean, she studied fisheries biology in college and electrocuted herself collecting fish in a river, which inspired several key scenes in her debut novel, Speak The Ocean, out now with Reuts Publishing.  ✦ Rebecca: Query | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon | Bookshop ✦ QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦ If links aren’t clickable, find them here: http://bit.ly/qqqrebecca
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May 13, 2021
Mystery Author Abby L. Vandiver and the Accidental Hybrid Author
Mystery novelist Abby L. Vandiver (aka Abby Collette) joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss the differences in self-publishing and traditional, being a hybrid author, acknowledging you can’t edit yourself, and learning from other authors. ✦ Wall Street Journal and USA Today best selling author, Abby L. Vandiver also writing as Abby Collette, has penned more than thirty novels and short stories. She is a hybrid author, being traditionally and self-published. Abby writes cozy mysteries and has a women's fiction book, Where Wild Peaches Grow, coming in August 2022. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio. ✦ Abby: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Abby Vandiver Amazon | Abby Collette Amazon | Bookshop: Secrets, Lies, & Crawfish Pies | A Deadly Inside Scoop | Libro.fm ✦ QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦ If links aren't clickable, find them here: http://bit.ly/qqqabby
43:24
May 06, 2021
Middle Grade Author Waka T. Brown and the Hidden Power of Networking
Middle Grade author Waka T. Brown joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss transitioning from screenwriting to book writing, how a single hurtful rejection can almost derail your writing, finding inspiration on runs, and the importance of writing community. ✦  Waka T. Brown is graduate of Stanford University and the first American born in her family. Her debut memoir While I Was Away was published in January 2021, and her second novel Dream, Annie, Dream will be released in 2022, both through HarperCollins / Quill Tree Books. ✦  Waka: Query Text | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon | Bookshop | Libro.fm  ✦  QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon  ✦  If links aren't clickable, find them here: http://bit.ly/qqqwakatbrown
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April 29, 2021
Romance Author Denise Williams and Comparison Being the Thief of Joy
Romance novelist Denise Williams joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss waiting for it to be your turn, debuting during a pandemic, your worst fears coming true (and it being okay), not reading your reviews, and no trade review ever being as harsh as her young son’s feedback.  ✦ Denise: Query Text | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Amazon | Bookshop: How to Fail at Flirting | The Fastest Way to Fall | Libro.fm  ✦ QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦ If the links aren't clickable, find them here along with the transcript: http://bit.ly/QQQdenisewilliams
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April 22, 2021
Science-fiction author Michael Mammay & Diving In Head First
Science Fiction author Michael Mammay joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss diving in too soon, the book that saved his writing, the power of a one-sentence compliment, and the single quality that will guarantee a writer’s success. Michael: Query Text | Website | Twitter | Facebook | Amazon | Bookshop: Planetside | Spaceside | Colonyside | Libro.fm QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon If the links aren't clickable, find them here: http://bit.ly/qqqmichaelm 
45:27
April 15, 2021
Historical Fantasy Author Cass Morris and The Perils of the Acquisitions Board
Historical fantasy author Cass Morris joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss pitching too early, the perils of the acquisitions board, accepting that some readers won’t like your book, the importance of knowing the business side of things, and being too stubborn to quit. Cass: Query Text | Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Patreon | Worldbuilding for Masochists podcast | Amazon | Bookshop: From Unseen Fire | Give Way to Night >>> QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon >>> If links aren't clickable, find them here, along with the transcript: http://bit.ly/qqqcassm
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April 08, 2021
Welcome to Queries, Qualms, & Quirks - starting April 8th!
Hello, I'm Sarah Nicolas and I would like to welcome you to my new podcast Queries, Qualms, & Quirks. The show will officially launch on April 8th, 2021 and will release an episode every week on Thursdays. This podcast is for authors early in their career, those who are writing their first book, and those who are querying. It's for those who are wondering what exactly a successful query letter looks like, if other authors share the same worries as them, and if anyone else has a similar writing process. Queries, Qualms, & Quirks will ask published authors to share their successful query letter and discuss their journey from when they first got bit by the writing bug to the day of publication. I will interview authors of all genres about how they got started writing, their writing process, getting their book deal, and their experiences with publication. I hope that these stories will help inspire you on your own publishing journey and remind you that you are not alone in what can be a long, complicated process and a confusing industry. Please subscribe now and look out for that first episode on April 8th. I look forward to sharing these stories with you and hope we’ll soon be able to talk about your own queries, qualms, and quirks. If you're a published author interested in appearing on the podcast, go to sarahnicolas.com and click on the image in the sidebar. That's Sarah with an h, Nicolas with no h.
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March 21, 2021