Jane Lebak
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What do you do?
Writer, Other
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Critique partner/beta-reading, consultation on query letters. I'm one of the bloggers for QueryTracker.net
What school did you attend?
Cornell University (BA) and SUNY Brockport (MA)
What is your hometown?
Brooklyn, NY
What are some of your interests?
Music, Writing, Reading, Spirituality

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The query as a sales letter

Posted on July 3, 2012 at 9:43pm 0 Comments

One of my writing forum members complained (accurately) that it's impossible to summarize an entire novel in 250 words. Which is the absolute truth: any novel that could be summarized in 250 words wouldn't be a novel worth reading. But this member was upset at how many unique and intriguing aspects of the novel's worldbuilding were going to get glossed or omitted. No doubt when writing your own query you got frustrated by the limits of the form, the character shading that got stripped down…


Book review: The Story Template by Amy Deardon

Posted on June 17, 2012 at 9:36am 0 Comments

Back when I was in high school, I wore a button that said "My life has a superb cast, but I can't figure out the plot." I should  have had Amy Deardon's book back then.

Amy Deardon's The Story…


An exclusive query?

Posted on June 8, 2012 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

No, really. I saw this.
A writer on another forum asked about an agent who says she responds faster to queries if you write "Exclusive Query" in the subject line. The writer was interested in whether queriers actually abide by this.
I was able to track…

Character Depth: A Scavenger Hunt In Reverse

Posted on May 26, 2012 at 9:52pm 0 Comments

One good thing about being a writer is you can talk about the best ways of burying bodies, and no one phones the local boys in blue.

(True story: I was knitting a sock at a writing convention when a woman said, "May I see?" Ordinarily I'd hand over the sock, but I was with other writers, so I handed over one of the double-pointed needles. The…


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At 10:29pm on August 19, 2012, shelley colquitt said…

Hey thanks for the advise. I have been doing that here and there. It has turned out well

At 1:15pm on January 23, 2012, Jane Lebak said…

And this is a comment on the comment wall. For the same reason I put text in my text box.


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