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Professional Query Literary Services was founded by N. Miles Vaughan, JD/MBE after years of informally consulting friends, family and acquaintances about their writing ambitions. Mr. Vaughan, having written and co-written several works was often frustrated with the query and submission process particularly as a busy professional spending long hours at the office.

After writing hundreds of query letters and receiving dozens of requests from agents to view the work queried, Mr. Vaughan developed a system of profiling, contacting and querying agents in order to streamline the process. Over time Mr. Vaughan combined this process with a systematic study of what had and had not been successful for querying specific agencies, as well as different types of agencies. It is this winning approach to querying agents that Mr. Vaughan and his associates bring to each client.

Professional Query Literary Services is a professional literary consulting, letter writing and submission service. It is not a literary agency. The work products and services are designed to pique the interest of literary agents such that they will select your work for the tiny pool of manuscripts that they consider thoroughly for representation.

How Do I Land My First Book Deal?
Portfolio Rotation is the surest way to get a commercial book deal. It is a PQLS specific process developed by studying the learning curve of best-selling authors. Let us explain what we mean by portfolio rotation. Getting that first book deal almost always means writing more than one book. As a writer, the only way you can learn and improve is by writing constantly. As an organized business person the best way to ensure the maximum chance of being offered a traditional book deal is to always have something being reviewed by agencies and publishing houses. The goal therefore is to create a writing portfolio large enough such that you have at least one work that is in the writing stage, the editing stage, the query stage and the reinvention stage.  Once the first goal is accomplished it becomes easy to create a rotation such that there is always at least one work in the query stage.

Most unpublished writers take one manuscript from start to finish, edit the work, query the work, sit around and do nothing until they get a response, and then if all the responses are negative put their manuscript in the "unpublished" stage and then once the melancholy of rejection wears off (which sometimes takes years) write another book.  Folks this is like trying to become wealthy by first earning a PhD and then applying for one job at a time.

The proper approach to writing is to write one manuscript, and as you edit that manuscript start another. By the time you are finished editing the first and begin to experiment with agents and queries you should be almost finished with your second manuscript.  By the time you submit your first manuscript you should be editing your second, and by the time you have received responses from about half the places you queried you should be int he process of querying your second work.

Now in a perfect world someone picks up your first manuscript which then becomes your priority and things move along from there.  However, if you're like 90% of published authors who weren't known commodities when they wrote their first book, manuscript 1 goes into the "reinvention stage." 
The reinvention stage is magical.  As you write and edit other manuscripts, new thoughts/ideas about your first one will enter your mind. One day you will pick up your old manuscript and add a character, or a different perspective, change the ending or setting and before you know it you have another work to edit and query. Before you know it, at any given time, you have several manuscripts under review by different agencies and once that occurs it is only a matter of time before you land somewhere.

Now, where does PQLS come in? Obviously creating a portfolio rotation is time consuming and having us in your back pocket to handle the query process is helpful.  However, even more essential to your success is making sure your all your work is sound from a storytelling/marketing perspective. That's where the FRI analysis comes in.  If you take the time to make sure that all your manuscripts are reviewed by us, you can be confident that if your first query is unsuccessful it is not due to structural problems in the work, but one of the countless reasons over which authors have no control (the dominant one incidentally, is timing).  After an FRI analysis, one can confidently move a manuscript to the "reinvention" stage if the first query is not successful.  The most important thing about building a portfolio is making sure everything you write has publishing potential. Because agents don't have the time to give you their first read impression, PQLS does that for you.

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