How many things are wrong with this query letter? Let us count the ways.

This query arrived in my inbox this morning. It is possibly a joke, but experience tells me it is not. I have pasted it verbatim. How many things about it can you count that would irritate a prospective literary agent? (Not including the fact that the author attached the manuscripts to the…

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Australian fiction in fine health, according to recent diagnosis

[F]irst novels that reshape familiar historical material with originality and dash; sustain their strange tales with assurance; move confidently between countries and eras, intimate and national histories; offer two more indications of the present and future health of Australian fiction. From Peter Pierce's insightful review of The Secret Son by my client…

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A book party for Jenny Ackland’s THE SECRET SON

Here's my client Jenny Ackland's wrap-up of the launch of her novel The Secret Son a few days ago. It was a large crowd at the Bella Union in Melbourne. Jenny did a very smart thing by wearing a flaming red dress so everyone could see her. There are several photos…

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Jenny Ackland’s debut novel asks: Did Ned Kelly have a secret son who fought at Gallipoli?

The Secret Son explores the provocative idea that Australian bushranger Ned Kelly had a son James, who not only fought in Gallipoli, but stayed in Turkey and lived out his life in a remote mountain village. Cem, a troubled young Turkish-Australian man, comes to the village a century later to…

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