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Astrid Scholte

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Raised on a diet of Spielberg, Lucas and Disney, Astrid Scholte knew she wanted to be surrounded by all things fantastical from a young age and has spent the past fourteen years working in film, animation and VFX production. Career highlights include working on James Cameron’s Avatar, Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin and George Miller’s Happy Feet Two.

Despite Astrid's sunny demeanor, she's inexplicably drawn to murder mysteries, true crime, Agatha Christie, and Clue. Her international bestselling debut, Four Dead Queens, combines this love of fantasy and whodunnits.

Her second novel, The Vanishing Deep, was released on the 3rd of March 2020 with Allen & Unwin and Penguin Random House. Up next is a fantasy/crime mashup, LEAGUE OF L
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Astrid Scholte Thank you so much!!!! It's currently a standalone, but I'd like to return to the world one day. Fingers crossed!…moreThank you so much!!!! It's currently a standalone, but I'd like to return to the world one day. Fingers crossed!(less)
Astrid Scholte Thank you so much!!! My main advice is to keep writing. 4DQ was the 3rd manuscript I tried getting an agent with and while it was difficult shelving m…moreThank you so much!!! My main advice is to keep writing. 4DQ was the 3rd manuscript I tried getting an agent with and while it was difficult shelving my other two manuscripts, I'm so glad that 4DQ was my debut.

It also helps knowing what's already out there. I wrote 4DQ to stand out in a crowded YA fantasy market, combining two of my favourite things: fantasy and murder mysteries. While you shouldn't write to trends, it's good to know what is selling and how your book will fit in, and stand out, on the shelves.

Query letters should hook the reader, much like the back of a book. How is your story different from others of its genre. Be specific but not too convoluted (if fantasy or sci fi). Share it with friends and then get them to tell you what the book is about.

All the best with your writing journey! :)(less)
Average rating: 3.77 · 16,457 ratings · 3,398 reviews · 3 distinct worksSimilar authors
Four Dead Queens

3.78 avg rating — 15,085 ratings — published 2019 — 27 editions
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The Vanishing Deep

3.67 avg rating — 1,370 ratings — published 2020 — 2 editions
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League of Liars

it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 2021
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Part four: How I got an agent and book deal!

Part onePart twoPart threeWe've made it! It's the final post in my series on how I got an agent and book deal. Thanks for sticking with me. Now onto the exciting part!My first offer of representation was via email from Hillary Jacobson at the incredible ICM Partners. She told me how much she loved my book and wanted to jump on a call to discuss representation. For over five years I’d been working Read more of this blog post »
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