Some recent items of note...
Did you catch this blog post?
The Secret Strength of Killer Queries by agent Nathan Bransford
Do get specific in your queries, but make sure it's about the right details. Be specific about the plot details. If it's too generic then the query will get passed over for the next one in the pile. Agents want to be intrigued, interested, and drawn in - vague plots details won't grab an agent's attention.
Mark you calendar for this year's Book Expo America BEA, here's just some of the exciting events happening at the event:
WEDNESDAY, May 26, 2010
8:00AM – 9:30AM CHILDREN'S BOOK & AUTHOR BREAKFAST (Ticket required)
Presented in cooperation with the Children's Booksellers and Publishers Committee [A cooperative committee of the American Booksellers Association (ABA), Association of Booksellers for Children (ABC), and the Children's Book Council (CBC)] this opening-day breakfast will feature:
Cory Doctorow, author of For the Win (Tor Books / Tor Teen)
Mitali Perkins, author of Bamboo People (Charlesbridge)
Richard Peck, author of Three Quarters Dead (Penguin/Dial Books for Young Readers)
Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, and author of Helping Hand Books: Emily's First Day at School (Sterling Children's Books) will be the Master of Ceremonies.
THURSDAY, May 27, 2010
8:00AM – 9:30AM THURSDAY BOOK & AUTHOR BREAKFAST (Ticket required)
Condoleezza Rice, author of Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family (Crown)
John Grisham, (Doubleday)
Mary Roach, author of Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void (W.W. Norton)
Jon Stewart, author (along with the writers of The Daily Show) of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Book): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race (Grand Central Publishing) will be the Master of Ceremonies.
12:00PM – 2:00PM THURSDAY BOOK & AUTHOR LUNCHEON (Ticket required)
Christopher Hitchens, author of Hitch-22: A Memoir (Twelve/Hachette Book Group USA)
Sara Gruen, author of Ape House (Spiegel & Grau)
William Gibson, author of Zero History (G.P. Putnam's Sons)
Patton Oswalt, author of Zombie Spaceship Wasteland (Scribner) will be the Master of Ceremonies.