Another Short Memoir Query Letter Critique Video–And a Lovely Shout Out from Marla Miller

Marla Miller has been helping writers “market the muse” for a long time. Now she is sharing her knowledge of the publishing industry via YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. Here’s a recent video featuring a memoir called Nadia. Imagine my surprise when I heard her mention in the introduction!

Marla manages to offer some pointed critique in a very kind way. That’s not always easy, but writers really benefit from this kind of tough love. What do you think? Any feedback for Marla?

About Shirley Hershey Showalter

Author of memoir Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World. Blogging about Magical Memoir Moments and Jubilación -- vocation in the second half of life.
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4 Responses to Another Short Memoir Query Letter Critique Video–And a Lovely Shout Out from Marla Miller

  1. This query letter review was perfect. I thought it was well done (with the sandwich approach–positive feedback, criticism, enthusiasm/encouragement at the end), and she gave the writer the tools to improve. I like the way she said specifically what she liked and did not like. Great review and quite helpful. Thank you!

  2. shirleyhs says:

    Hi, Rosemary. So glad the query letter critique was helpful to you. Marla’s seen lots of them! Thanks for your comment. I reciprocated on your blog. Come back!

  3. I just love hearing Marla’s query critique’s on memoirs; it helps you see how the query is really the manuscript in a nutshell, so she’s also giving a critique of the manuscript. It’s great!

    • shirleyhs says:

      You make an excellent point about the relationship of the query letter to the manuscript. A good query letter answers all the most important questions an agent will have about the book in such a way that she or he wants to read the whole. Marla helps people do this. I hope her Youtube channel continues to grow. She is giving away a lot of great advice for free here.

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