Here are my current Giveaway Contests

Pam Gruber Query Critique through March 6th

Let's Get Lucky Giveaway Hop through March 16th

Pride and Premeditation through March 20th

Upcoming Agent Spotlight Interviews and Guest Posts w/ Debut Authors & Query Critique Giveaways

Caryn Wiseman and Merriam Sarcia Saunders Guest Post and Query Critique Giveaway on 3/15/2021

Jennifer Herrington Agent Spotlight Interview and Query Critique Giveaway on 3/17/2021

Emily Fortney Agent Spotlight Interview and Query Critique Giveaway on 4/14/2021

Agent Peter Knapp and Author Daniel Aleman Guest Post and Query Critique and Indivisible Giveaway on 5/5/2021

Joyce Sweeney Agent Spotlight Interview and Query Critique Giveaway on 5/14/2021

Michelle Hauck Agent Spotlight Interview and Query Critique Giveaway on 5/19/2021

Agent Maura Kye-Cassella and Author Sam Subity Guest Post and The Last Shadow Warrior on 5/24/2021

Agent Spotlight Updates

All agent spotlights and interviews have been updated as of 7/15/2020, and many have been reviewed by the agents. Look for them to be fully updated again in 2023.


Happy Wednesday Everyone! Peter Knapp, an agent at Park Literary & Media, has generously agreed to answer some of your questions. You can read his updated Agent Spotlight that he recently approved to see what he's looking for. Please leave your questions for Peter by the end of Wednesday, January 24th. Peter will pick questions to answer that I will post on Monday, February 5th.

Here's your opportunity to ask your burning questions. Hope you'll take advantage of it.

Here's what's coming up:

Monday, January 22nd I have an Agent Spotlight Interview with Molly O'Neill and query critique giveaway

Monday, January 29th I have an interview with debut author Gwendolyn Clark and a giveaway of her YA fantasy INK, IRON, and GLASS

Friday, February 2nd I'm participating in the For the Love of Books Giveaway Hop

Monday, February 5th I'll have a Q&A with agent Peter Knapp

Wednesday, February 7th I have an interview with debut author Brenda Rufener and a giveaway of her YA contemporary WHERE I LIVE

Hope to see you Monday!


  1. I'm suddenly blank on questions, although I know I have a million. I'll try to focus and come up with something.

  2. A question...
    What's the first thing that turns you off in a query letter?

  3. If a writer has two different manuscript full submissions at two different agencies, what whould be the best thing to do in the unlikely event that both manuscripts were chosen for representation by the two different agents?

  4. What does 'I just didn't love it enough' really mean?

  5. World building is a huge category. If an agent says 'work on world building' What are they most likely talking about?

  6. If a writer has self-published a book in the past should they mention it when querying a new manuscript?

  7. An editor had this comment about my MG novel: “. . . it was well written and you captured the essence of the time period.The characters have personality, but it doesn’t come through on a personal level. We just didn’t connect because of this.” What does she mean by connecting? (The POV was 3rd person omniscient.) Thanks!

  8. What qualities do you look at before choosing an author to join your client list?

  9. What instantly grabs your interest in a query?

    Do you judge the project by the query alone, or do you also read the first couple of pages sent before coming to a conclusion?

  10. Why might you or another agent request a partial vs a full, or vice versa? If there might be interest, why not just go ahead and request the full?

  11. There's been a lot of talk on Twitter lately about the need for college-age MCs/novels. Do you think we might see agents and editors reconsidering the "new adult" market, and publishing more of these books? What is your personal opinion on the marketability of college age (e.g. 18 year old freshman) MCs in YA?

  12. At what point do you stop reading and hit the reject letter?

  13. Can you share some examples of hooks in queries that have worked for you?

  14. Do NY agents have any advantage over west coast agents in selling editors manuscripts ? Are there any other advantages/disadvantages to agency location?

    (Lots of questions from me!)