The road to publication can be exhausting sometimes. Here’s a Roadside Cafe serving all things writing/publishing to relieve you: information sodas, entertainment burgers, amusement chips… we’ve got it. It’s alright to take a break; check out the menu!

Info Burgers 🍔

Special Mention: PitchWars Class Of 2021 Is Up On The Showcase. Check Them Out!

Quote of the Week

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”

–Anaïs Nin

Team Drinks 🍻

Book Recommendations

  • Alex’s – One that made me swoon: contemporary romance Always Only You by Chloe Liese – Grumpy/ Sunshine Trope.
  • Reem’sHeartbreakers and Fakers by Cameron Lund- YA. I also read a March 1st ARC I’m obsessed with, This Might Get Awkward by Kara McDowell!
  • Lucia’sThe Maid by Nita Prose. Such a cozy yet beautifully written book. My first ever cozy mystery and a #1 NYT Bestseller for a reason!
  • Sarah’s– I just read an ARC of This Golden State by Marit Weisenberg. Comes out March 1st—YA romance/thriller. I’m kinda obsessed with it!
  • AmberA Master of Djinn by P. Djeli Clark and the Shadow of the Fox trilogy by Julie Kagawa.

Tweet Chips 🍟

Tweets from the writing community we think might interest you! These few weeks were quite packed with info and threads on Twitter!

Informative Tweets

Updates/Relatable Tweets

Got any awesome writerly links to share with us? From your blog or someone else’s? Leave in the comments and we’ll add it next time!

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From The Trenches To The Shelves

18 thoughts on “Roadside Cafe: ALL ABOUT QUERYING

  1. Great links. I’m loving Roadside Cafe, mostly because sometimes I get on twitter and see people talking about something and I have no idea about it because work won’t let me keep up. Recently I’ve been seeing references to the editor who had to lock her account cause of backlash and I was so lost😐 I’m happy to finally be in the loop! Great job!

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  2. Ahhh, the comments are open! Thanks for all the query links, so helpful. I’ll be bookmarking this post to check out all the links. Lucia, I also have THE MAID on my TBR. Now I’m dying to read it!!!

    Right now, I’m just so shook about the literary agent who relieved all her clients! That’s so scary! I can’t imagine celebrating having an agent, and then going back to the Trenches!

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    1. Honestly, it’s terrifying! This is the second case of an agent cutting off all their clients that I’m hearing about. It just means writers need to be more careful when choosing agents!

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      1. Yeahhhhh. It’s literally from going from 100 back to 0. And I think it really shows that nothing is guaranteed on the path to publication. UNTIL I have my published book in hand, I’m not going to be relaxed after moving up each step, lol!

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  3. I’m definitely one of the writers not pleased NYT acquired wordle, lol. Let us have something! *waves fist*
    This post is packed with info, and you bet I’ll be checking them all out. Thanks for keeping us informed on the writing industry.

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  4. I think it’s fitting how the news of the agent cutting off her clients is placed right on top of the pain of starting again, haha! Was that deliberate? Like Savanna and Susanne I’m shocked by those, but also the tweet about the mistaken offer of rep! Were i the writer I’d pretend I didn’t see the agent say it’s a mistake and just start sending them all my stuff 😂😄

    I love Roadside Cafe! I was grinning from ear to ear when I got the notification!

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  5. I noticed there’s no ‘funny tweet’ section in today’s Cafe. I’m not sure, but I thought you might be interested in adding this: I found it hilarious and others might.

    Either way, thanks for sharing all this great information!

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  6. There are so many pointers, advice, and information for querying writers. I’ve never had a site that gathers information from many places like this – it’s splendid. What I’ll be pondering on more is the agent thread that says when your manuscript is ready for an agent, make sure you are too. I’m not a 100% certain what that means, but it’s made me think that this isn’t only a one way street. Great post.

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    1. I’m glad you find it splendid! What the agent meant—and also why I was happy to share the tweet—largely involves ceding power to someone else. A partner. Before we get an agent, we’re writing for ourselves: what we want, subplots we enjoy, scenes we like and so on. When you get an agent, however, their duty is to shape the MS into something sale-able. Something they believe will attract editors. This will involve trimming down the MS to ensure it’s in a fitting word count as with me, hence some darling scenes will have to go. This will include tweaking plot lines and sometimes even entire rewrite (thankfully my edits were much smaller).

      Facing this situation for the first time, there’ll be an urge to push back. You might feel like you’re sacrificing your vision to be commercial. Or like your work is being invaded by an outside party. I think agents often expect this, but then again the level to which the pushback is also determines. Some writers might use indirect insults when they feel backed to the wall, or quote advice from their writer friends—something I think might’ve prompted this agent’s tweet.

      So basically what she means is that writers should also be mentally ready for the changes they’ll need to make when seeking an agent!


      1. Thank you for this Lucia – it’s very eye opening! I actually didn’t know agents did a lot of editing before a book goes to editors. This definitely needs some time to settle in my brain. I can already understand why writers might want to argue and protest in that case😬. Especially when it comes to a case of an entire rewrite. Did you feel that need to pushback? Did you agree with every edit your agent proposed?

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      2. Thats why it’s great to ask questions about edits during the call! This way, you can make sure you’re both in sync and that nothing catches you off guard.

        About my process? It sure was a journey, haha! I have a blog draft I might or might not share about the rollercoaster of emotions I felt during edits. But it largely was just triggered by fear of change, and also being new to the whole process. Now my agent and I are finished with the edits, I definitely love how my story looks more now and I’m also soo happy that I made her proud at the end of it all!


      3. True 🙂 I’ll make sure to do so when the time comes. Now I’m crossing my fingers that you post on the topic! I’m happy it all worked out well, and I can’t wait to see Destitutes and Fiends come out!

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