I Lost My Poem & How to Avoid Writing Scams

November 2017, I entered a writing competition. Within the month, I received a letter in the mail stating I was a finalist, and they wanted to publish my poem in their anthology.

I was ecstatic.

I ran into my parent’s room, grinning ear to ear, because I WAS GOING TO BE PUBLISHED! I immediately signed my poem away (even sent the letter using priority mail), only to find out they were a vanity press, and I would never see my poem in print

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Your Comp Titles Are Bad (and so is this blog title)

I read a lot of query letters for my internship. I read so many, one of my favorite past times is showing my roommates the outrageous amount of emails I have in my inbox. Now, I have never rejected a query based on a comparison (or comp) title. Are there great books with poor comp titles in their queries? Yes. But I do think comp titles are an important part of the query. Comp titles not only show what the vibe of your book is but where it fits into the market. An author with good, relevant comp titles, shows they know what they’re doing. So, in the vein of How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, here is what not to do.

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