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Some Writerly Advice from Lauren Beukes

Broken MonstersLauren Beukes, whose new novel Broken Monsters is out in a few days, has some tips for aspiring writers.

Beukes is one of South Africa’s most successful novelists. Her last novel, The Shining Girls, won the Exclusive Books Reader’s Choice Award, the RT Book Awards Best Suspense Thriller and the University of Johannesburg Prize, and was nominated for a further six.

Beukes says your query letter to a potential agent should not be longer than five paragraphs. “Make it as short and sexy as hell and make it a great elevator pitch,” she says. “Just write a very simple wonderful smart entertaining engaging email. No pressure.”

Also, she says, don’t forget to check the spelling of the agent’s name.

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