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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.

    Thriller Author Ashley Winstead and Eating Ice Cream in the Dark

    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.

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    • 48 min
    Romance Author Ruby Barrett and the Opportunities Disguised as Failures

    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.

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    Correction: CrossFit athlete Katrin Davidsdottir went on to win the event discussed on this episode.

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    • 49 min
    Romance Author Charish Reid and the Kind of Professor She’d Like to Be

    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. ✦ 

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    • 28 min
    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. ✦ 

    Kyrie: Query | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon | Bookshop | IndieBound | Libro FM ✦ 

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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. ✦ 

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    • 37 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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