Lynda Rutledge

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The Most Famous Query Letter (Set to Music)

November 30, 2011

Tags: The Reading Life, The Writing Life

An agent responds to the most famous query letter of all time: The Beatle's "Paperback Writer."

(And for those who have neither memory nor interest in The Beatles song, it still gives great advice on how to write a query letter.)

"Agent Responds to Beatle's Paperback Writer."

Hook 'Em, Author-First Lines

November 17, 2011

Tags: The Writing Life, The Reading Life

(Been thinking about first lines today. Here's a tip I thought I'd share for aspiring writers, taken from a craft course taught at the 2011 Writers League of Texas' Agents Conference)

Question #1: What's the most important part of a manuscript you want to sell?

Answer: the first five pages.
And really, the first page.
And really, the first paragraph.
And really, the first sentence.

That sounds crazy, but let's just admit that this whole writing and publishing thing IS crazy. (Now. Feel better?) So, how's your hook? When was the last time you took a second look at the first page of your manuscript? Let's put this another way:

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Want To Be a Writer?
Lynda's twittery writing
advice column


Column #1:
READ.

Want to be a writer?
• Read.
• Read.
• Did I mention you should read?
• Read cereal boxes, read ads, read old magazines in waiting rooms, read good books, read bad books, read everything, anytime, anywhere.
• Read so much your mind's awash with words...
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Lynda's Twittery Wrtg Advice Column #1


Other advice columns:

•Jot
•Repeat
•Travel
•Fail
•Whine
•Laugh
•Listen
•Write
•Resist