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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.

Queries, Qualms, & Quirks Sarah Nicolas

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

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.

    Young Adult Author Kyrie McCauley and the Importance of Being Present

    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. ✦ 

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    • 27 min
    Mystery Author Leslie Budewitz and the Lawyer to Author Pipeline

    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  ✦ 

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    • 34 min
    Young Adult Author Dante Medema and the Book Auction at the End of the World

    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 ✦ 

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    • 37 min
    Romance Author Farah Heron and the New Year Resolution Follow-Through

    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 ✦ 

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    • 35 min
    Horror Author Jessica Lewis and the Korean Rap Editing Hack

    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 ✦ 

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    • 19 min
    Young Adult Author Annie Sullivan and the Resurrected Manuscript

    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 ✦ 

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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

RJLB. ,

Packed with practical and helpful info

I am a new and instant fan of Sarah and love the format of these interviews, which get right into the practical info that writers want to know about the industry and process. I have my own podcast focused on books featuring women in aviation where I ask similar questions, and love hearing and learning from the q&a here. Especially love the ‘author dna’! And as a YA writer hoping to query soon, I appreciate the guests sharing their experiences for us to learn from. Will be sharing with my 70+ Aviatrix writers group and with my VCFA WCYA friends.

ASC_Zelda ,

Really well done

This is a great podcast with excellent guests and a lot of information about writing and publishing I haven’t heard anywhere else.

Sarah does a fantastic job bringing out the best in the interviews. She also has a lovely ‘NPR’ like voice that is easy to listen to.

Zade73 ,

Great interviews

Really lovely interviews chronicling the many and varied ways people break into publishing

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