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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Blog Tour: Query Writing with Kerri Cuevas

Query Writing with Kerri Cuevas
Author of Deadly Kisses

Did someone say query?
Stop! Don’t run for the hills. I promise it’s not that bad.
We all dread the querying process, and I’m not going to tell you how to write a query letter. There are bloggers who go into great detail about the subject. Being a published author who has gone through the process, I have a different perspective about queries.
When writing a query letter it’s important to not only sell your story, but also yourself. The agent or publisher reading your letter doesn’t know anything about you except what you tell them. Getting your book ready to be unleashed into the world is a long, intense process. Your agent or publisher needs to trust that you can fulfill your end of the process in the allotted time given. They don’t know if you will complete the editing process with them unless you are able to convince them of it in the query letter.
In addition to the obvious credentials—college, writing groups, blogging, critique groups, and awards; you need to ask yourself this: What can you do for them? You need to tell them what things you feel you will be successful with—marketing, speaking engagement, networking, web site development, etc. You need to show them that you will be able to put in the time needed to promote your book, either online, in print or in person. If you have built up a following, either with other books or in building interest in your current book, let them know you have a waiting audience.
We have to be our own best advocates and writing an amazing story is not enough. Use these tips and you'll improve your chances of being accepted by a publisher.
I hope that hill isn’t looking so high anymore.
Kerri Cuevas
author of Deadly Kisses

Book Summary:
Aiden Grant is seventeen, has a killer kiss, and a boss who used to be President, back in the old days. You see, Aiden is a grim reaper and his kiss welcomes the newly dead. But Aiden’s pleasant grim reaper lifestyle is in jeopardy. And it’s not only because Honest Abe keeps throwing out history lessons with reaping assignments, just to confuse him. It’s because Aiden’s next assignment is to reap the soul of Bee, the only girl he has ever loved.

When Aiden’s kiss of death fails, intertwining their souls, Bee is still very much alive and they are both in trouble. The ancients want Bee, who has special powers of her own, and they’ll do anything to get her.

Some rules are meant to be broken—even if that means Aiden must bargain with his own soul to save Bee. Who knew the afterlife could get so complicated?
 Author Bio:
Kerri Cuevas was born and raised in Rhode Island. She moved to New Hampshire with her husband, three kids, cats and a rabbit named Hercules in 2005. When she's not writing, she's chasing chickens on her small farm or searching for the ultimate mac-a-cheese recipe.

Kerri went to college for Early Childhood Education but now writes books for young adults full-time. Her storytelling stems from watching too many horror flicks as a teen, but she no longer needs to sleep with the lights on.
Author Links:
Goodreads       Author Website        Author Blog       Amazon 


Danielle B! said...

This book sounds pretty good. I love the cover and I can't wait to read it :D

Fida Islaih said...

Thanks for the tips! Btw, the book sounds great! (:

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