Writing Excuses 10.51: Q&A on Showing Your Work, with Daniel José Older

Daniel José Older joins us for a Q&A on showing your work around. Here are the questions, which were submitted by attendees at the Out of Excuses workshop:

  • What’s the best way to meet editors and agents at conventions?
  • How do you write a good query letter?
  • What do you mention as credentials in your query letter?
  • You didn’t cover self publishing at all this month. Self publishing is legit, right?
  • Can you submit the same work to more than one agent or editor at a time?
  • Can you re-submit a revised work to an agent who previously rejected the piece?

Write a query letter for a book that you love, but did not write. Then write a query letter for your own work.

Mystic, by Jason Denzel, narrated by Mary Robinette Kowal

4 thoughts on “Writing Excuses 10.51: Q&A on Showing Your Work, with Daniel José Older”

  1. Hum? Everyone hanging out at the bar, listening to panels, writing those killer query letters?

    Oh, no, it’s just the winter solstice bringing cheer to everyone?

    Well, here’s a well-stuffed sock for you! Yes, it’s a transcript, available in the archives or over here


    For your perusal on a holiday night, or after a cup of egg nog! Have a great holiday!

  2. Hey, love your podcast! This was a good episode, but I feel left out on synopsis. I’ve tried a few out for a book I’m working on, but I can’t seem to make it any more than same-old, same-old. Any help with this? Especially when the best thing about your writing is the writing, not the plot, since that’s my #1 problem. Any pointers would be helpful. Nice episode, and keep it up.

  3. Character, Conflict, Setting, Hook.

    Practice this on stories you love. Introduce us to the character, show us a conflict, describe the setting, and then plant the hook (usually by leaving us with a question we want the answer to.)

    Then practice it on your own story.

    Practice it.

  4. Josh? You might think about the advice that what the editors are looking for is the same, but different? Having a synopsis that says this is the same, this is the same, and this is the same, but this is different might be just what you need.

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