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Queries, Qualms, & Quirks

Summary: Queries, Qualms, & Quirks asks published authors to share their successful query letter and discuss their journey from first spark to day of publication. Author Sarah Nicolas interviews authors of all genres about how they got started writing, their writing process, getting their book deal, and their experiences with publication.

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 Mystery Author Susan Elia MacNeal and Rolling with the Punches | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:29:53

Mystery Author Susan Elia MacNeal joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss almost giving up, how being a writer is like being a boxer, writing a cocktail book while pregnant, and publishing a book with a slow start but a long tail. ✦ Susan Elia MacNeal is the author of The New York Times, Washington Post, Publishers Weekly and USA Today-bestselling Maggie Hope mystery series, starting with the Edgar Award-nominated and Barry Award-winning MR. CHURCHILL'S SECRETARY, which is now in its 23nd printing. Her most recent book is THE HOLLYWOOD SPY, which just came out on July 6. ✦ Susan: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon | Bookshop | IndieBound | Libro FM ✦ QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦  If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqsusan 

 Middle Grade author Laura Segal Stegman and Finding Peace with Your Path | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:44:20

Middle Grade author Laura Segal Stegman joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss dozens of revisions over 28 years, the importance of writing community, deciding to sign with a small press, querying too early, and both the benefit and distraction of Twitter. L.A.-based arts publicist and author Laura Segal Stegman’s middle grade debut, Summer of L.U.C.K., was released in September 2020 by INtense Publications and will be followed by a sequel in 2021. Her non-fiction credits include the travel book Only in New York. Her feature stories have appeared in Los Angeles Times and Westways Magazine, among others. Laura: Query Text | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Amazon | Bookshop | IndieBound QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon If the links aren't clickable, find them at: https://bit.ly/qqqlaura

 Young Adult Author Angeline Boulley and a Decades-Long Journey | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:38:19

Young Adult Author Angeline Boulley joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss waiting 28 years to write the book, the most illuminating question to ask offering agents, prioritizing Native talent when negotiating her film rights, ensuring her craft was worthy of the story she wanted to tell, and the single most helpful thing she did for her writing. ✦  Angeline Boulley is a #1 New York Times bestselling author who writes about her Ojibway community in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Her debut novel, Firekeeper’s Daughter, is a Reese’s Book Club selection and received the inaugural Barnes & Noble Young Adult Book Award. It’s being developed for a Netflix series by the Obamas’ Higher Ground Productions. ✦  Angeline: Query Text | Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Bookshop | Libro.fm | Amazon | Indiebound ✦  Questions to Ask a Prospective Agent from Jim McCarthy ✦  QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦  If the links aren't clickable, find them at: http://bit.ly/qqqangeline

 Literary Fiction Author Catherine Adel West and There Is No Morning Dew (Yet) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:39:37

Literary Fiction Author Catherine Adel West  joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss the dangers of pitching your book before it’s complete, the advantages of virtual book tours, the need for publishing to reflect the world around it, advocating for yourself, and letting go of bitterness. ✦   Catherine Adel West was born and raised in Chicago, IL where she currently resides. Her debut Saving Ruby King was published in 2020. Catherine's short story “Orion’s Star” is featured in the body positive anthology Every Body Shines. Her sophomore novel Becoming Sara King is slated for release in 2022. ✦   Catherine: Query | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon | LibroFM | Bookshop | IndieBound ✦   Every Body Shines: Bookshop | Amazon | IndieBound ✦   QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon  ✦  If the links aren't clickable, find them at: http://bit.ly/qqqcawest

 Cozy Mystery Author Mia P. Manansala and a Candle for the Ancestors | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:48:33

Cozy Mystery Author Mia P. Manansala joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss how a one-day writing workshop change everything, the pressure to represent your community well, the importance of a writing support network, being jealous of writing friends, and choosing the right agent for you, even if they’re not the biggest agent that offers. ✦  Mia P. Manansala (she/her) is a writer and certified book coach from Chicago who loves books, baking, and bad-ass women. She uses humor (and murder) to explore aspects of the Filipino diaspora, queerness, and her millennial love for pop culture. Her debut novel, ARSENIC AND ADOBO, is out now! ✦  Mia: Query Text | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Amazon | Bookshop | LibroFM  ✦  QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon  ✦  If the links aren't clickable, find them at: http://bit.ly/qqqmiapm

 Romance Author Mary Ann Marlowe and the Relief of Going Hybrid | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:37:49

Romance novelist Mary Ann Marlowe joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss getting into Pitch Wars but not getting an agent, finally finding and losing an agent, the importance of loving the writing first, imposter syndrome, and the relief in being a hybrid author. ✦ Mary Ann lives in central Virginia where she works as a computer programmer/DBA. She spent ten years as a university-level French professor, and her resume includes stints as an au pair in Calais, a hotel intern in Paris, a German tutor, a college radio disc jockey, and a webmaster for several online musician fandoms. She has lived in twelve states and three countries and loves to travel. ✦ Mary Ann: Query Text | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon | Bookshop: Dating by the Book | Kind of a Big Deal | Some Kind of Magic | Libro FM: Some Kind of Magic | A Crazy Kind of Love ✦ QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦ If the links aren't clickable, find them at: http://bit.ly/qqqmaryann ✦

 Middle Grade Author Alyson Gerber and Taking Up Space | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:36:14

Middle Grade author Alyson Gerber joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss separating the art from the business, gaining confidence as a writer, writing to understand your own truth, being waitlisted for your dream, and the importance of persistence. ✦  Alyson Gerber is the author of the critically acclaimed, own-voices novels Braced and Focused published by Scholastic. Her third novel Taking Up Space released on May 18, 2021. She has an MFA from The New School in Writing for Children and lives in New York City with her family. ✦  Alyson: Query Text | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Amazon | Bookshop: Taking Up Space -- Braced | Audiobooks: Taking Up Space -- Braced ✦  QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦  If links aren't clickable, find them here: http://bit.ly/qqqalyson

 YA Author Jenn P. Nguyen and the Publishing Hail Mary | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:37:19

YA Author Jenn P. Nguyen joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss fanfiction as a gateway drug, querying by mail, starting over after separating with your agent, trying for a publishing hail mary (and getting it!), and trying to like coffee. ✦  Jenn P. Nguyen is the author of THE WAY TO GAME THE WALK OF SHAME and FAKE IT TILL YOU BREAK IT. She was born in Mississippi, raised in New Orleans, LA (Go Saints!), where she currently lives with her husband and high school sweetheart along with their two wonderful although slightly crazy kids. ✦  Jenn fell in love with books in third grade and spent the rest of her school years reading through lunchtime and giving up recess to organize the school library. Partially because the weather in New Orleans was always scorching, but mainly because she loved to be surrounded by books. Now Jenn get to spend my days reading, dreaming up YA romances, and binge watching addicting Korean dramas all in the name of ‘research’. ✦  Jenn: Query Text | Website | Twitter | Amazon | Bookshop: Walk of Shame -- Fake It Till You Break It ✦  QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦  If the links aren't clickable, find them at: http://bit.ly/qqqjenn

 Fantasy Author Rebecca Enzor and the Publishing Plot Twist | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:34:26

Editor and fantasy author Rebecca Enzor joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss unlearning passive voice, writing nine books before finding success, the importance of critique partners, and the surprising ending to her publishing career. ✦ Rebecca Enzor is an analytical chemist in Vancouver, WA, where she lives with her husband, two dogs, two cats, and sometimes chickens. Her articles on writing science in science fiction can be found in Writer’s Digest “Putting the Science in Fiction”. Obsessed with everything ocean, she studied fisheries biology in college and electrocuted herself collecting fish in a river, which inspired several key scenes in her debut novel, Speak The Ocean, out now with Reuts Publishing.  ✦ Rebecca: Query | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon | Bookshop ✦ QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦ If links aren’t clickable, find them here: http://bit.ly/qqqrebecca

 Mystery Author Abby L. Vandiver and the Accidental Hybrid Author | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:43:24

Mystery novelist Abby L. Vandiver (aka Abby Collette) joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss the differences in self-publishing and traditional, being a hybrid author, acknowledging you can’t edit yourself, and learning from other authors. ✦ Wall Street Journal and USA Today best selling author, Abby L. Vandiver also writing as Abby Collette, has penned more than thirty novels and short stories. She is a hybrid author, being traditionally and self-published. Abby writes cozy mysteries and has a women's fiction book, Where Wild Peaches Grow, coming in August 2022. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio. ✦ Abby: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Abby Vandiver Amazon | Abby Collette Amazon | Bookshop: Secrets, Lies, & Crawfish Pies | A Deadly Inside Scoop | Libro.fm ✦ QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦ If links aren't clickable, find them here: http://bit.ly/qqqabby

 Middle Grade Author Waka T. Brown and the Hidden Power of Networking | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:36:05

Middle Grade author Waka T. Brown joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss transitioning from screenwriting to book writing, how a single hurtful rejection can almost derail your writing, finding inspiration on runs, and the importance of writing community. ✦  Waka T. Brown is graduate of Stanford University and the first American born in her family. Her debut memoir While I Was Away was published in January 2021, and her second novel Dream, Annie, Dream will be released in 2022, both through HarperCollins / Quill Tree Books. ✦  Waka: Query Text | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon | Bookshop | Libro.fm  ✦  QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon  ✦  If links aren't clickable, find them here: http://bit.ly/qqqwakatbrown

 Romance Author Denise Williams and Comparison Being the Thief of Joy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:40:07

Romance novelist Denise Williams joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss waiting for it to be your turn, debuting during a pandemic, your worst fears coming true (and it being okay), not reading your reviews, and no trade review ever being as harsh as her young son’s feedback.  ✦ Denise: Query Text | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Amazon | Bookshop: How to Fail at Flirting | The Fastest Way to Fall | Libro.fm  ✦ QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦ If the links aren't clickable, find them here along with the transcript: http://bit.ly/QQQdenisewilliams

 Science-fiction author Michael Mammay & Diving In Head First | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:45:26

Science Fiction author Michael Mammay joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss diving in too soon, the book that saved his writing, the power of a one-sentence compliment, and the single quality that will guarantee a writer’s success. Michael: Query Text | Website | Twitter | Facebook | Amazon | Bookshop: Planetside | Spaceside | Colonyside | Libro.fm <> QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon <> If the links aren't clickable, find them here: http://bit.ly/qqqmichaelm 

 Historical Fantasy Author Cass Morris and The Perils of the Acquisitions Board | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:43:27

Historical fantasy author Cass Morris joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss pitching too early, the perils of the acquisitions board, accepting that some readers won’t like your book, the importance of knowing the business side of things, and being too stubborn to quit. Cass: Query Text | Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Patreon | Worldbuilding for Masochists podcast | Amazon | Bookshop: From Unseen Fire | Give Way to Night >>> QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon >>> If links aren't clickable, find them here, along with the transcript: http://bit.ly/qqqcassm

 Welcome to Queries, Qualms, & Quirks - starting April 8th! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:01:28

Hello, I'm Sarah Nicolas and I would like to welcome you to my new podcast Queries, Qualms, & Quirks. The show will officially launch on April 8th, 2021 and will release an episode every week on Thursdays. This podcast is for authors early in their career, those who are writing their first book, and those who are querying. It's for those who are wondering what exactly a successful query letter looks like, if other authors share the same worries as them, and if anyone else has a similar writing process. Queries, Qualms, & Quirks will ask published authors to share their successful query letter and discuss their journey from when they first got bit by the writing bug to the day of publication. I will interview authors of all genres about how they got started writing, their writing process, getting their book deal, and their experiences with publication. I hope that these stories will help inspire you on your own publishing journey and remind you that you are not alone in what can be a long, complicated process and a confusing industry. Please subscribe now and look out for that first episode on April 8th. I look forward to sharing these stories with you and hope we’ll soon be able to talk about your own queries, qualms, and quirks. If you're a published author interested in appearing on the podcast, go to sarahnicolas.com and click on the image in the sidebar. That's Sarah with an h, Nicolas with no h.

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