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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 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. ✦ 

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    • 35 min
    Middle Grade Author Sarah McGuire and Threading the Needle of Confidence

    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. ✦ 

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    • 41 min
    Historical Crime Author John Copenhaver and Finding Meaning in the Process

    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. ✦ 

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    • 38 min
    Science Fiction Author AJ Super and the Measured Risk That Paid Off

    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. ✦ 

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    • 29 min
    Picture Book Author Kira Bigwood and Taking an Opposite Action

    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. ✦ 

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    • 29 min
    Mystery Author Kellye Garrett and Kicking the Door Open

    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. ✦ 

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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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