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Friday, June 10, 2011

Editing Query Letters

This is just a quick tip from my Sharing with Writers newsletter. I've been on vacation and haven't been posting for a while. Guess I'm feeling guilty. (-:

EditingTip:  Among the tips on editing query letters I give authors in The Frugal Editor ( is to avoid comparing your book to other books, especially powerhouse books like the classics or bestsellers. That authors should do this cutsie comparison is bad advice that never seems to lose ground on the Web. Agents and acquisition editors hate it; it usually sounds overblown and the comparisons are usually far from accurate and can’t be validated or confirmed until the book is sold and does become another John Grisham courtroom drama. And, yes, this is an editing tip. Editing is more than finding typo and/or grammar errors.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson edits, consults. and speaks on issues of publishing. Find her The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success (How To Do It Frugally series of book for writers). Learn more about her other authors' aids at , where writers will find lists and other helps including Great Little Last-Minute Editing Tips on the Resources for Writers page. She blogs on all things publishing (not just editing!) at her Sharing with Writers blog. She tweets writers' resources at . Please tweet this post to your followers. We all need a little help with editing. (-:

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