Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Boot Camp at the 2012 League of Writers Conference

In lieu of our next Live Critique Workshop this fall, PEG editors will be running the Writers Boot Camp at the 2012 League of Utah Writers Conference.

Boot Camp Details:
September 14, 2012
1:00-5:00 p.m.
Yarrow Hotel and Conference Center in Park City, Utah
Boot Camp price: $35.00
*In advance, you will send in 10 pages of your manuscript, see link below for more info

Register for Boot Camp here

Register for full conference here, Boot Camp Sept 14 & Workshops Sept 15

Speakers include NY Times Best Selling Authors: Barry Eisler, Brandon Sanderson, and Richard Paul Evans

Monday, July 2, 2012

Monday Mania--Query Letter

One of our readers has submitted a query letter for critique. Please offer only constructive comments. 

 Critique Archive #52 

Dear Ms./Mr. Agent,

When Jared McAlister, in New York on business, sees the woman he thought he’d spend the rest of his life with walking down the street, all his anger and unanswered questions come flooding back. Why did Cecelia Chadwick disappear without a word and why did she lead him to believe they had a future together only to vanish? Jared is a successful attorney at the largest law firm in Dallas. As he tries to curb the spending habits of his girlfriend, who is pressuring him to ‘pop’ the question, he also fights against a domineering father. But when he sees the girl he believed would share his future in the city he hates, he finds his quests for unanswered questions isn’t as strong as his desire to be with her again.

Cecelia is a talented interior designer, making her mark in the Big Apple after years of hard work, yet she leads a lonely life, unable to move on from her first love, her only love and unwilling to settle for less. As Jared fights for a new beginning, Cecelia struggles to leave the past behind—both unaware they are being followed and money will change hands for Cecelia to disappear again.

ON THE STREETS OF NEW YORK is my first novel. At 110,000 words, I believe it will appeal to contemporary romance fans. I’m beginning to build a platform with Facebook and Twitter. I’m in the early stages of learning to blog and my next step will be a website. I follow and interact with numerous authors on blogs, Facebook, by email, and on Goodreads. I’m an avid reader and a passionate writer with many stories to tell.

I appreciate your time in considering my query. I have included the first ten pages of my novel, my synopsis, and a brief bio. I look forward to hearing from you soon.