Notes on Queries/Proposals/Submissions
Dear Publisher I have an outstanding new book about frogs trees and perrywinckles that you’ll love please contact me with a release date. Thank for your tome you’re friend Aspiring.
Non-fiction and fiction published authors have one thing in common—good writing. An inspired idea is only a fantasy until the words are formed on the paper. But if those words are jumbled together in a mass of confusion, the writing does nothing for the inspired idea. The inspiration needs excellent writing skills to back it up.
This goes beyond punctuation, spelling, and verb tense. Writing, after all, is communication. If readers can’t figure out what you’re trying to say, your book has failed.
Already, non-fiction authors must have an expertise on their subject matter, but that should not exempt them from excellence in their writing skills. For fiction authors, that fact is even more obvious.
Authors who are serious about their careers are also in a constant search for ways to improve their writing. The desire to master the craft of writing doesn’t end with publication. A sincere author will continue to strive to become better and better.
My best advice: Join a critique group. Read writing journals. Listen to podcasts from experts. Don’t settle for doing the least (in any situation). Learn and grow and let your best work continue to get better. In fact, someone reading your first book and comparing it to you tenth should see marked improvement.