Are You Ready to Pitch? The Answer is in Your Query. Episode 348 with Julie Artz

Are You Ready to Pitch? The Answer is in Your Query. Episode 348 with Julie Artz

Your query (or your jacket copy) can tell you if your story is ready to pitch to agents (or offer readers)--if you're willing to listen.

Your query letter—or your jacket copy—KNOWS. It knows if you’ve got a whole story in there, if there’s an arc of change, if there are stakes, if there’s a why now and a why this and a why her/him.

You just have to be willing to listen. Julie Artz, query coach extraordinaire, and KJ talk about mistakes writers make in our queries—and more importantly, the problems queries can reveal about our stories.


Julie's 5 Step Query Audit

Links from the Pod

Podcast: The Shit No One Tells You About Writing

Blog: Jet Reid’s The Query Shark

Podcast: Queries Qualms and Quirks

Previous episodes:

Ep 343: Friends Don’t Let Friends Write Books Without Hooks

Summer Blueprint Step 4: Your Jacket Copy is Your Promise to the Reader


Julie: The Book of Delights, Ross Gay

Demon Copperhead, Barbara Kingsolver

KJ: Inciting Joy, Ross Gay

“You Just Need to Lose Weight” and 19 Other Myths about Fat People, Aubrey Gordon

(also mentioned— Maintenance Phase Podcast)

Julie Artz @julieartz on twitter and Instagram

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