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Frequently Asked Questions about Macy Beckett

 

How can I get autographed copies of your books?

You can order a signed copy from my local indie, The Bookshelf, but don’t try to place an order on their site. If you do, the book will ship straight to you before I get a chance to sign it. Instead, call The Bookshelf at 513-271-9140 or email them at bookshelf@fuse.net

 

How long have you been writing?

I have an English degree, so it feels like I was born with a pen in my hand. But I didn’t start crafting fiction for my own amusement until 2009.

 

Do you ever get writer’s block?

Sometimes, yes. And it’s evil!

However, I’ll say this: most of the time, writer’s block is my brain’s way of telling me something’s wrong with my draft. Once I take a break and identify the problem, the words typically flow again.

 

Is Sultry with a Twist your first book?

No. Sultry with a Twist was my second book, though it was the first to sell. My first book was ALIENATED, a sci-fi romance for young adults, published by Disney-Hyperion.

 

How long did you write before making a sale?

Don’t hate me, but I had two manuscripts under my belt when my agent signed me, and she sold them both within six months. However, I did spend a year and a half honing my craft before then.

 

I just finished a manuscript. Can you read it and give me some pointers?

Congrats on your accomplishment! The fact that you’ve finished a manuscript is huge! But I’m sorry to say that no, I can’t critique it for you. That would require a tremendous amount of time. I’d advise you visit the Absolute Write forums to find a critique partner or a beta reader.

 

How did you find an agent?

I found my agent the old fashioned way—by querying her.

 

How do I draft an effective query letter?

Ah, I’m glad you asked! In my humble opinion, a good query letter is all about the “blurb.” (Pick up your favorite books, flip them over, and read the back cover for examples.) After you nail that, it’s easy-peasy. You need a short introduction, your blurb, and a closing paragraph with your book’s info.

Here’s the query letter I sent Nicole Resciniti for Sultry with a Twist (with a few modifications) :

Dear Nicole,

If my name looks familiar, it’s because you’re currently reviewing another of my manuscripts. I would also like to present my contemporary romance, SULTRY WITH A TWIST, for your consideration.

When June Augustine hightailed it out of Sultry County with her heart in pieces, she swore she’d never return. But nine years later, one thing stands between June and her dream of opening an upscale martini bar: a bogus outstanding warrant from her tiny Texas hometown. Now June’s stuck in the sticks for a month of community service under the supervision of the devilishly sexy Luke Gallagher, her first love and ex-best friend.

June’s biding her time renovating homes with Luke, but the attraction between them is hotter than ever; and when they’re busted buck naked and guilty as sin, June’s long-buried dream of building a life with Luke begins to resurface. As lust turns to love, June must decide where she belongs: in the glorious anonymity of Austin, or back in Sultry Springs, a town she’d always considered her own personal hell.

SULTRY WITH A TWIST (83k words) is a finalist in the Cleveland Rocks contest, and Laura Barth at Harlequin will determine the winner in May. The playfulness, humor, and fully-described love scenes in my book will appeal to Rachel Gibson fans, and I believe it would make an excellent fit in several romance imprints. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Texas State University, and I’m an active member of the Ohio Valley chapter of the RWA. Per your submission guidelines, I have pasted the first five pages of my manuscript below. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Macy Beckett

 

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