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Queries, Qualms, & Quirks

Queries, Qualms, & Quirks

By Sarah Nicolas

Queries, Qualms, & Quirks asks published authors to share their successful query letter and discuss their journey from first spark to day of publication. Author Sarah Nicolas interviews authors of all genres about how they got started writing, their writing process, getting their book deal, and their experiences with publication.
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Welcome to Queries, Qualms, & Quirks - starting April 8th!

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 show will officially launch on April 8th, 2021 and will release an episode every week on Thursdays.

This podcast is for authors early in their career, those who are writing their first book, and those who are querying. It's for those who are wondering what exactly a successful query letter looks like, if other authors share the same worries as them, and if anyone else has a similar writing process.

Queries, Qualms, & Quirks will ask published authors to share their successful query letter and discuss their journey from when they first got bit by the writing bug to the day of publication. I will interview authors of all genres about how they got started writing, their writing process, getting their book deal, and their experiences with publication.

I hope that these stories will help inspire you on your own publishing journey and remind you that you are not alone in what can be a long, complicated process and a confusing industry.

Please subscribe now and look out for that first episode on April 8th. I look forward to sharing these stories with you and hope we’ll soon be able to talk about your own queries, qualms, and quirks.

If you're a published author interested in appearing on the podcast, go to and click on the image in the sidebar. That's Sarah with an h, Nicolas with no h.

Mar 21, 202101:28