Time to Write a Query Letter?

Hey folks! A very exciting update – I FINISHED MY (hopefully?) FINAL READ THROUGH OF MY BOOK!!!! Which means…it’s time to find an agent? Or submit to publishers?

I’ve been obsessively googling how to get a book published, and everywhere tells me it’s hard. But I’m going to take it step-by-step and begin with drafting a query letter to send to agents. Since I don’t have much of a platform nor have I ever published a book, this is going to be hard work. WordPress followers, readers, & friends, if you are able, I would love to hear any advice you have! And, of course, if anyone knows somebody who could be a fit, please do contact me. I’ll be sure to keep everyone updated. Being honest about this process has been holding me accountable, which is important!

So, there’s where I’m at now. Wish me luck…

Top Tips for Readers

As an avid (and quite frankly, obsessive) reader myself, I’ve spent a lot of this summer with my nose in a book. I go through books like food and often don’t know what to do when I don’t have a book I’m reading! I’ve been trying to find new ways to indulge myself and immerse myself even more into the books I read, so here are a few tips for book readers who want the books to leave an impact.

  1. Before starting a new book, sleep on the one you just finished. Oftentimes, I finish a book in a day and then I want to keep reading and pick up a new book. I usually stop myself from doing that, because sometimes it’s best to just let the book marinate – sleep on it, think about it, give yourself at least a night before starting a new one.
  2. Write what you learn. In my journal, I like the create lists (Can you tell I’m a list person?) of lessons I learn from each book I read. Now, not every book inspires me enough to create a journal entry like this, but I think it’s important to think about and reflect on what you learn from each book you read. Then, you can always look back when you’re looking to re-read a book, or when you’re looking to recommend a book to a friend!
  3. READ OUTSIDE. I am so much happier when I read outside, especially in the summer!
  4. Paper books, paper books, paper books. I refuse to use a Kindle (although it would be much more convenient for travel…) because I still can’t get over the magic of turning the page and holding a REAL BOOK in my hands.
  5. When you feel yourself going into a reading dry spell (we all get this…when you just can’t get yourself to finish, let alone start, a new book) pick up an old one that you love. Re-read your favorite book to get you back into the swing of reading.

What are your reading tips? Let me know in the comments!