Part 2 of the Penguins Fly Series
on Queries and Writingby: Stevie McCoy
Guest Author: Dee Ann Waite
Want to start with reading the first in the Penguins Fly Series on self-publishing vs small press?
Writers are out there submitting queries like mad penguins – dressed to impress and waddling for a chance to fly – but for today’s writer, Dee Ann Waite, (Author of "The Consequential Element") she had the contract in hand from a traditional press and still decided self-publishing was the best bet for her.An agent from New York raved about Dee Ann Waite's, "writing style and voice, praised [her] future as a writer, and told [her] that [she] had her captivated right from the beginning." She signed with that agent and then she quit the agency. "That's the life of a writer, no certainties in this industry, " said Dee Ann. Wow! Not only did she find an agent that was on her side and excited for her novel, but then lost her all in one foul swoop. Talk about writer drama.
Writers have stories from all phases in their career but the writer's attitude makes all the difference. When Dee Ann struggled on her route towards traditional publishing she said that not one of the rejections from agents, etc. ever made her doubt her choice to write. "As a writer, you have to understand that there are people – let it be agents, publishers, or readers – that are going to love you, and some who will not. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, including me. I believe in my skill set as an author and in my success as one, too."
Dee Ann was even willing to show us her winning query letter that won her a contract with a small press publisher; however, she did turn that down for the route of self-publishing. (Check out her reasons why on the previous Penguins Fly post.)
Dee Ann Waite's partial query letter: