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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

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    • 4.9 • 31 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.

    Picture Book Author Jocelyn Rish and the Simon Cowell of Publishing

    Picture Book Author Jocelyn Rish and the Simon Cowell of Publishing

    Picture Book Author Jocelyn Rish joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss her journey to publication.

    Jocelyn Rish is a writer and filmmaker who loves researching weird and wonderful animals and sharing what she learns. Her first book was Battle of the Butts, about ten animals that do weird things with their butts. Her next book moved to the other end with Battle of the Brains, about ten animals with mind-blowing brain abilities. She lives in South Carolina with her adorable dog.

    Jocelyn: Query | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon | Bookshop 

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    • 38 min
    Young Adult Author Kristi McManus and Learning Patience

    Young Adult Author Kristi McManus and Learning Patience

    Young Adult Author Kristi McManus joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss her journey to publication.

    Kristi McManus is a Registered Nurse by trade, but avid reader and enthusiastic book lover all her life. Her debut novel, Our Vengeful Souls, was released Summer 2023 by CamCat Books. When she isn't writing, she enjoys photography, art, and considers napping to be a form of cardio. She lives in Toronto with her husband.

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    • 19 min
    Picture Book Author Anna Lazowski and an Aggressively Vicious Business

    Picture Book Author Anna Lazowski and an Aggressively Vicious Business

    Picture Book Author Anna Lazowski  joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss her journey to publication.

    Anna Lazowski wrote her first picture book for a class assignment in the sixth grade and has been creating stories ever since. Now an award-winning radio producer, Anna has an MA (Journalism) from the University of Western Ontario and a BFA (Hons.) from the University of Manitoba. She lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba with her husband, two teenagers, and two dogs.

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    • 24 min
    YA Author Jennifer Chen and Trying to Go Too Fast

    YA Author Jennifer Chen and Trying to Go Too Fast

    YA Author Jennifer Chen joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss her journey to publication.

    Jennifer Chen is a freelance journalist who has written for Oprah Daily, Real Simple, and Today. Her debut YA rom-com book, Artifacts of an Ex, is out now.

    Jennifer: Query | Website | TikTok | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon | Bookshop | Libro FM

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    • 23 min
    YA Author Allison L. Bitz and the Character as Client

    YA Author Allison L. Bitz and the Character as Client

    YA Author Allison L. Bitz joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss her journey to publication.

    Allison L. Bitz hails from Lincoln, NE, where she lives with her spouse, two kids, and various rescue pets. When she’s not writing a novel or a song, Dr. Bitz is helping clients in her private counseling practice, planning some form of political action, or trying to track down a pastry to enjoy with her coffee. If you can’t find her at a party, check the floor—she’s probably hanging with the dogs.

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    • 30 min
    Picture Book Author Janelle Harper and the Vague Abyss of Publishing

    Picture Book Author Janelle Harper and the Vague Abyss of Publishing

    Picture Book Author Janelle Harper joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss her journey to publication.

    Janelle Harper is a Bronx native who enjoys storytelling through dance and ballpoint pens. She finds inspiration for children’s stories in city living and the diverse experiences of the African Diaspora. Janelle is passionate about creating stories that reflect the faces she sees in her classroom and neighborhood.

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    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

james.eldridge ,

Fantastic

Sarah does a great job interviewing and allowing authors adequate space to tell their stories. Lots of great information.

micjrose ,

Think I may have found a new favorite writing podcast.

Author interviews by Sarah Nicolas provide an open and honest window into writer experiences with publishing. A great source of info on the industry from a variety of author perspectives.

SeniorKos ,

A must listen for the #AmQuerying

It is so comforting to hear the VASTLY different journeys authors have taken to get to publication. More importantly, you get to hear the actual query letters that got them there!

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