Hello Reader,

The single most common mistake writers make is querying before their manuscript is pitch-ready. I hear it all the time. If only I'd waited. If only I'd sent it to one more reader. If only I'd hired a book coach before I queried...

Querying too early burns your chance with your dream agent, leads to crickets in the inbox, and can lead to you shelving a viable story that truly just needed one more round of deep revision to shine.

That's why I'm passionate about keeping writers from pitching too early!

But how can you know for sure if your manuscript is ready? It's a tough question. And one I can help you answer for yourself without investing in a costly full manuscript edit or coaching package.

If there's one thing I learned from reading hundreds of query letters during my time as a Pitch Wars mentor, it's how to identify common story-level issues just from reading the pitch. And next month I'm going to teach you all my tricks when it comes to auditing that query for story-level issues.

Join me on October 9 at 4pm Pacific / 7pm Eastern for the next installment in my quarterly $25 webinar series: Is Your Manuscript Ready to Pitch?

I'll walk you through the four questions your query (and your story) must answer in this 75 minute workshop full of examples and tools, with plenty of time for Q&A at the end.

Hope to see you there!



PS - I'm also going to be teaching Planning, Plotting, and Drafting Your Novel alongside friend and fellow book coach Emily Colin for Authors Publish this fall. If you're looking for one-on-one feedback in a supportive environment this fall, this class may be for you! Check it out.

Julie Artz | author, editor, book coach, dragon

Julie Artz helps writers who dream of a life spent telling stories that matter slay their doubt demons so they can send their work out into the world with confidence. An active member of the writing community, she has volunteered for SCBWI, TeenPit, and Pitch Wars and is a member of EFA, the Authors Guild, and AWP. A social and environmental justice minded story geek, Julie lives in an enchanted forest outside of Seattle, Washington, with her husband, two strong-willed teenagers, and a couple of naughty furry familiars. Check out her weekly newsletter, Wyrd Words Weekly, and subscribe today.

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