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Queries, Qualms, & Quirks
Queries, Qualms, & Quirks
Sarah Nicolas

Queries, Qualms, & Quirks asks published authors to share their successful query letter and discuss their journey from first spark to day... more

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Episodes

Young Adult Author Carolyn Tara O’Neil and a Passion for Settings

Young Adult Author Carolyn Tara O’Neil joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss dreaming of being Carolyn Keene,... more

26 May 2022 · 27 minutes
Young Adult Author Margie Fuston and Proving Vampires are Real

Young Adult Author Margie Fuston joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss having both a great and a... more

19 May 2022 · 32 minutes
Science-Fiction Author Jackson Ford and the Secret First Draft

Science-Fiction Author Jackson Ford joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss almost giving up, being encouraged by a... more

12 May 2022 · 29 minutes
Young Adult Author Sarah Dass and the Pressure of Representation

Young Adult Author Sarah Dass joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss letting go of a book to... more

05 May 2022 · 37 minutes
Book Club Fiction Author Lyn Liao Butler and Too Much Query Personalization

Book Club Fiction Author Lyn Liao Butler joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss the book that started... more

28 Apr 2022 · 31 minutes
Nonfiction Author Jessica P. Pryde and a Dare from Daniel José Older

Nonfiction Author Jessica P. Pryde joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss starting in fanfic, the magic of... more

21 Apr 2022 · 32 minutes
Young Adult Author Lauren James and the Ten-Year Gap Year

Young Adult Author Lauren James joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss having a supportive family, thinking every... more

14 Apr 2022 · 38 minutes
Middle Grade Author Payal Doshi and the Joy of Writing a Single Scene

Middle Grade Author Payal Doshi joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss writing Captain Planet fanfic at eight... more

07 Apr 2022 · 45 minutes
Middle Grade Author Meera Trehan and Falling Asleep on Page 75

Middle Grade Author Meera Trehan joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss setting a contract with yourself for... more

31 Mar 2022 · 46 minutes
Horror Author Cynthia Pelayo and Your Person Versus Your Persona

Horror Author Cynthia Pelayo joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss breaking stereotypes, having an MFA but not... more

24 Mar 2022 · 39 minutes
Fantasy Author David R. Slayton and the Two Hardest Publishing Decisions

Fantasy Author David R. Slayton joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss leaving your first agent, canceling a... more

17 Mar 2022 · 44 minutes
Middle Grade Author Shakirah Bourne and the Email That Will Change Your Life

Middle Grade Author Shakirah Bourne joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss the benefit of saying yes to... more

10 Mar 2022 · 41 minutes
Middle Grade Author Maria Frazer and Not Quitting Your Day Job

Middle Grade Author Maria Frazer joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss Google and Twitter University, #dvpit, figuring... more

03 Mar 2022 · 44 minutes
Young Adult Author Derek Milman and the Last Pre-Pandemic Book Tour

Young Adult Author Derek Milman joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss going from acting to writing, how... more

24 Feb 2022 · 37 minutes
Sci-Fi Thriller Author Rob Hart and Managing Expectations

Sci-Fi Thriller Author Rob Hart joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss realizing what books could do, the... more

17 Feb 2022 · 28 minutes
Young Adult Author Heidi Heilig and the Joy in Receiving Critique

Young Adult Author Heidi Heilig joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss throwing away 600+ pages, getting an... more

10 Feb 2022 · 40 minutes
Disney Author Mari Mancusi and the Longing to Go Into the Unknown

Disney Author Mari Mancusi joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss writing romance without yet understanding what it... more

03 Feb 2022 · 31 minutes
Literary Fiction Author Kirthana Ramisetti and the Twenty-Year Overnight Success

Literary Fiction Author Kirthana Ramisetti joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss how she accidentally got a songwriter... more

27 Jan 2022 · 32 minutes
Mystery Author Kathleen Marple Kalb and the Headline I Can’t Actually Use

Mystery Author Kathleen Marple Kalb joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss querying in high school, getting rejections... more

20 Jan 2022 · 28 minutes
Thriller Author Ashley Winstead and Eating Ice Cream in the Dark

Thriller Author Ashley Winstead joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss dreams deferred, not getting into an MFA,... more

13 Jan 2022 · 48 minutes
Romance Author Ruby Barrett and the Opportunities Disguised as Failures

Romance Author Ruby Barrett joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss having your best friend as your first... more

06 Jan 2022 · 49 minutes
Romance Author Charish Reid and the Kind of Professor She’d Like to Be

Romance Author Charish Reid joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss writing with ADHD, getting an agent and... more

09 Dec 2021 · 28 minutes
Young Adult Author Kyrie McCauley and the Importance of Being Present

Young Adult Author Kyrie McCauley joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss finding a supportive community early on,... more

02 Dec 2021 · 27 minutes
Mystery Author Leslie Budewitz and the Lawyer to Author Pipeline

Mystery Author Leslie Budewitz joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss the lawyer to writer pipeline, Sisters in... more

18 Nov 2021 · 34 minutes
Young Adult Author Dante Medema and the Book Auction at the End of the World

Young Adult Author Dante Medema joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss having a massive earthquake the day... more

11 Nov 2021 · 37 minutes
Romance Author Farah Heron and the New Year Resolution Follow-Through

Romance Author Farah Heron joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss the benefits of being a joiner, the... more

04 Nov 2021 · 35 minutes
Horror Author Jessica Lewis and the Korean Rap Editing Hack

Horror Author Jessica Lewis joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss going from self-insert fanfiction to original fiction,... more

28 Oct 2021 · 19 minutes
Young Adult Author Annie Sullivan and the Resurrected Manuscript

Young Adult Author Annie Sullivan joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss getting two requests out of a... more

21 Oct 2021 · 35 minutes
Middle Grade Author Sarah McGuire and Threading the Needle of Confidence

Middle Grade Author Sarah McGuire joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss shelving a book after six years,... more

14 Oct 2021 · 41 minutes
Historical Crime Author John Copenhaver and Finding Meaning in the Process

Historical Crime Author John Copenhaver joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss getting an MFA, querying via snail... more

07 Oct 2021 · 38 minutes
Science Fiction Author AJ Super and the Measured Risk That Paid Off

Science Fiction author AJ Super joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss not getting into Pitch Wars, how... more

30 Sep 2021 · 29 minutes
Picture Book Author Kira Bigwood and Taking an Opposite Action

Picture Book Author Kira Bigwood joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss querying for eight years, how many... more

23 Sep 2021 · 29 minutes
Mystery Author Kellye Garrett and Kicking the Door Open

Mystery Author Kellye Garrett joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss getting an agent offer at a bar,... more

16 Sep 2021 · 35 minutes
Middle Grade Author Deva Fagan and the Long Dark Night of the Soul

Middle Grade author Deva Fagan joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss having a contract cancelled, leaving multiple... more

09 Sep 2021 · 38 minutes
Speculative Fiction Author EJ Wenstrom and Selling a Dystopian in a Dystopia

Speculative Fiction author EJ Wenstrom joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss taking a chance on a small... more

02 Sep 2021 · 42 minutes
Science Fiction Author Mike Chen and the Sports Reporter to Novelist Pipeline

Science Fiction Author Mike Chen  joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss resurrecting shelved novels, querying transitioning from... more

26 Aug 2021 · 40 minutes
Thriller Author Tammy Euliano and Putting Yourself Out There

Thriller Author Tammy Euliano joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss putting yourself out there, getting killer author... more

19 Aug 2021 · 35 minutes
Middle Grade Author Adrianna Cuevas and the Successful Conference Pitch

Middle Grade author Adrianna Cuevas joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss writing for a specific audience, the... more

12 Aug 2021 · 45 minutes
Historical Romance Author Royaline Sing and Her Literary Agent Sara Megibow

Historical romance author Royaline Sing and her literary agent Sara Megibow join Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss... more

05 Aug 2021 · 42 minutes
Picture Book Author Tara Lazar and Rebelling Against Routine

Picture Book Author Tara Lazar joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss how to do picture book market... more

29 Jul 2021 · 43 minutes
Contemporary Fiction Author Suzanne Park and A Thousand Rejections

Contemporary Fiction Author Suzanne Park joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss going to acquisitions (multiple times) without... more

22 Jul 2021 · 46 minutes
Romance Author Kait Ballenger and the Literal Elevator Pitch

Romance novelist Kait Ballenger joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss not meeting publisher's sales expectations,  writing on... more

15 Jul 2021 · 42 minutes
Mystery Author Susan Elia MacNeal and Rolling with the Punches

Mystery Author Susan Elia MacNeal joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss almost giving up, how being a... more

08 Jul 2021 · 29 minutes
Middle Grade author Laura Segal Stegman and Finding Peace with Your Path

Middle Grade author Laura Segal Stegman joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss dozens of revisions over 28... more

01 Jul 2021 · 44 minutes
Young Adult Author Angeline Boulley and a Decades-Long Journey

Young Adult Author Angeline Boulley joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss waiting 28 years to write the... more

24 Jun 2021 · 38 minutes
Literary Fiction Author Catherine Adel West and There Is No Morning Dew (Yet)

Literary Fiction Author Catherine Adel West  joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss the dangers of pitching your... more

17 Jun 2021 · 39 minutes
Cozy Mystery Author Mia P. Manansala and a Candle for the Ancestors

Cozy Mystery Author Mia P. Manansala joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss how a one-day writing workshop... more

10 Jun 2021 · 48 minutes
Romance Author Mary Ann Marlowe and the Relief of Going Hybrid

Romance novelist Mary Ann Marlowe joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss getting into Pitch Wars but not... more

03 Jun 2021 · 37 minutes
Middle Grade Author Alyson Gerber and Taking Up Space

Middle Grade author Alyson Gerber joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss separating the art from the business,... more

27 May 2021 · 36 minutes
YA Author Jenn P. Nguyen and the Publishing Hail Mary

YA Author Jenn P. Nguyen joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss fanfiction as a gateway drug, querying... more

20 May 2021 · 37 minutes
Fantasy Author Rebecca Enzor and the Publishing Plot Twist

Editor and fantasy author Rebecca Enzor joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss unlearning passive voice, writing nine... more

13 May 2021 · 34 minutes
Mystery Author Abby L. Vandiver and the Accidental Hybrid Author

Mystery novelist Abby L. Vandiver (aka Abby Collette) joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss the differences in... more

06 May 2021 · 43 minutes
Middle Grade Author Waka T. Brown and the Hidden Power of Networking

Middle Grade author Waka T. Brown joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss transitioning from screenwriting to book... more

29 Apr 2021 · 36 minutes
Romance Author Denise Williams and Comparison Being the Thief of Joy

Romance novelist Denise Williams joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss waiting for it to be your turn,... more

22 Apr 2021 · 40 minutes
Science-fiction author Michael Mammay & Diving In Head First

Science Fiction author Michael Mammay joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss diving in too soon, the book... more

15 Apr 2021 · 45 minutes
Historical Fantasy Author Cass Morris and The Perils of the Acquisitions Board

Historical fantasy author Cass Morris joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss pitching too early, the perils of... more

08 Apr 2021 · 43 minutes
Welcome to Queries, Qualms, & Quirks - starting April 8th!

Hello, I'm Sarah Nicolas and I would like to welcome you to my new podcast Queries, Qualms, & Quirks. The... more

21 Mar 2021 · 1 minute
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Historical fantasy author Cass Morris joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss pitching too early, the perils of the acquisitions... more