Critique Services

I know that if you’re an aspiring author, it’s easy to get discouraged or confused on what you need to do to get a literary agent. I know that feeling all too well, which is why I’ve decided to offer Query Critique Services for aspiring authors like yourself!

First of what, WHAT is a Query letter and why do I need one?

A query letter is a letter explaining to literary agents what your book is about before they dive into reading your sample chapters. Since this will likely be the first introduction of your story to agents, and some agents don’t even request sample chapters unless they are intrigued by your query letter, it is a very crucial part of the process.

How can you help me polish my query letter?

I will read over your query letter and provide two edits. I will help you craft a query letter that draws agents in, and help you find the right agents to query for your story.

Why should you help me?

I’ve officially started my journey to becoming a published author in 2014. When I finished writing my first manuscript, I was overeager and didn’t polish it enough before sending it to literary agents. However, many agents requested partial and even full requests off of the strength of my query letters. I signed with my literary agent in 2016. My debut novel, THE FORGOTTEN GIRL, releases on November 5, 2019.

Will this service guarantee that I’ll sign with a literary agent?

Unfortunately no. Sometimes, great writers aren’t able to sign with literary agents right away, and great novels don’t sell right away. It can be matter of timing, the trends of the market, the agent you want already has a similar manuscript in their roster, or something else entirely. However, the query letter is one step of many. With a polished manuscript, synopsis, and query letter, you have the tools to pitch your novels to literary agents who may be interested in your work. Although everything else is out of your hands, you can control these things.

How do I sign up?!

Send me an email at IndiaHillWrites at gmail dot com with the subject header as: CRITIQUE SERVICES, so we can discuss my rate. I am only opening up ten slots at a time so ensure that I am giving every query letter the attention it needs.

*To be clear, paying for critique/editing services is not crucial in your journey to publication. It can be done on your own, for free. However, if you are interested in having someone else have eyes on your work and offer valuable critiques and insights on your query letter, I am more than happy to do that for you!

**On that same note, if a literary agent asks for money to look at your manuscript or sign you, RUN. Your literary agent should not see money from you until you sell your book.

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  • I’m hosting my FIRST 24-Hour readathon this Saturday! I thought this would be a fun way to catch up on our TBR (To Be Read) piles. The theme for this read-a-thon is Book Besties, so @thebookarcher and I will be doing our reading together! Will you join us? Even if you have to work, go to school, or sleep (because let’s face it, I’m definitely going to need a few hours to recharge) as long as you make reading the priority in your free time, you can definitely do it! I’d love if you tagged your bookish besties or shared this post to spread the word! The link to my video all about it is in my bio! 📚#booksandbighairathon
  • This was such a fun interview to do!! I’m talking about how reading builds empathy, what motivates me, why I chose to be a 3-name author, and so much more! Link in bio. Thanks @rachelmichellewrites for having me on your site! 🧡
  • Happy August!! So July was weird lol 🥴 I felt tested in one of my worst traits - indecision. I had to make a LOT of split second, important decisions and say some hard No’s. But, I’m looking ahead and I think they prepared me for a really great August. ✨ What are you looking forward to this month? P.S. I’m sharing my BookTube and Author Journey (thus far) on the newest video on my channel!! I talk about all of the decisions I’ve made (& jobs I’ve left) to make room for writing and reading books. Link in bio!! ❤️
  • Due to unforeseen circumstances, unfortunately I will not be able to attend Heck YA! book fest at @mainstreetbooksdavidson today. This is incredibly hard to announce, as I have been looking forward to connecting with so many authors and readers at this amazing festival! I feel disappointed, but I hope that there will be more opportunities to connect with readers in the Davidson area in the future. If so, you will be the first to know. Thank you so much for understanding. Again, this was incredibly difficult to announce. If you are attending Heck YA! Book Fest today, have a great time for me — as amazing as this bookstore is, it won’t be hard to do at all. 💙💙💙
  • Had a fun day of meetings and phone calls wearing my new piece of jewelry gifted to me by the @novelingshop! Can you tell I like gold? Lol 🤔😂✨ it says NOVELIST and I think it’s the perfect bookish accessory — I’ll be wearing it a lot! Also, the curls are back and doing their own thing. 🌀🌀🌀
  • I had the pleasure of writing one of the most honest things I’ve ever written for @popreader’s Her Story: Ladies In Literature series. The heroine I chose to write about was Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables. This book was life changing — for the first time, I saw a heroine who was equal parts introverted and sensitive + fiery with a sharp tongue 😂 Also, like me, Anne has an almost childlike wonderment and optimism that makes reading her story so easy, especially in stressful times. I feel like this essay is an introduction to who I am and what I want to accomplish with my writing. The link is the the first one in my bio! ❤️❤️
  • I’m so honored to announce that I will be the luncheon speaker for the North Carolina School Library Media Association Conference. What a blessing! I can’t wait to connect, create, and curate with all of you who will be there. 🥰📚 #ncslma
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