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Posted by schmublisher in Uncategorized.

From the Hot Key Books blog (well worth a follow at hotkeyblog.wordpress.com). Interesting insight into the thoughts of those reviewing publishing submissions.

Hot Key Books Blog

Shara Ashley (@scmAshley) is a 2012 graduate of City University London’s MA in Publishing Studies. After having gained experience at some of the best publishing houses in London, she is now excitedly pursuing a career in Children’s publishing.

The query letter is a fascinating species of writing. It lays bare the hopes, dreams and aspirations of would-be authors and asks the reader to go on a literary journey and take a risk if they like what they see. Full of promise and sincerity, the query letter never fails to remind me of the responsibility I hold as a reviewer and how the effort and imagination each author puts into her manuscript should be matched with an equal measure of my own concentration and dedication.

It was one year ago that I read my very first submission at a London literary agency. I opened the email, downloaded the attached manuscript and…

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