Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Queries, queries, and yet more queires
I spent the last few months reworking my Middle Grade novel, changing not only the POV but also the central theme. It's been a slow-going, hair-pulling, occasionally gut-wrenching experience.
The revision is on its way, so I thought I should work on a new query.
Isn't it funny how when your mind is on something, you see it everywhere? Well, I discovered the QueryFail event on Twitter, in which agents and editors Twitter on queries they receive in real time, for all the twitter-following world to read. *shudder*
Lots of reaction. Lots and LOTS of reactions. Loud ones. Rude ones. Loudly rude ones. Read some over here at the comments section at agent Nathan Bransford's blog.
Or. Don't read any of it. Instead, if you're in the midst of writing your three-paragraph letter that tells all about your book while allowing your unique voice to shine through, you may want to read these instead:
Associate Editor and writer Jill Corcoran's compilation of agents' and editors' guides on how to write a query
The article on AgentQuery on How to Write a Query.
Time to revisit mine. ("Query: I command thee, gel! Be brilliant! Knock the socks off some agents!" Um. I need a magic wand. Anyone?)