QQQ: Middle Grade Author Shakirah Bourne and the Email That Will Change Your Life

Queries, Qualms, & Quirks asks published authors to share their successful query letter and discuss their journey from first spark to day of publication.

Middle Grade Author Shakirah Bourne joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss the benefit of saying yes to everything, getting distracted from pursuing publication, being 100% confident in a project that doesn’t go anywhere, querying without knowing your genre, googling everything, publishing from outside the US, the unfairness of the publishing process, and how you will always have another dream project.

Shakirah Bourne is a Bajan author and filmmaker born and based in Barbados. She once shot a movie scene in a cave with bats during an earthquake, but is too scared to watch horror movies. Her middle grade fantasy, JOSEPHINE AGAINST THE SEA was published by Scholastic in 2021, received starred reviews in Kirkus and Booklist, and was a School Library Journal Best Book of 2021.

Shakirah: Query | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon | Bookshop | IndieBound | Libro FM

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