parts of a good query

Presenting…Query Day!

Query Critique Week was such a huge success (I can’t even count how many people have emailed me saying they had full requests! YAAAAY!!), and I’ve received so many emails asking when it would happen again, I’ve decided to make it more of a regular thing…

Now, I can’t manage the same scale of queries I handled in January, but I CAN manage a handful each month.  And so I’d like to introduce you to…

~ Query Day ~ (Read more…)

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Query Critique Wrap-Up

GAH!  Yesterday I reached 100 followers! This is momentous — MOMENTOUS, I SAY!  I feel so very loved.



Now back to our regularly scheduled program: my Query Critique Week(s) is coming to a close — though there’s still another week of it on Let the Words Flow (with agent feedback!).

I critiqued a total of 25 queries, and I wanted to give a quick overview of some of the various issues I saw.

Biggest Issues

By biggest, I mean “most harmful”. These are the issues that mean instant death for your query. Think “box jellyfish of the query world”. (Read more…)

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Query Critique Week: send me your queries!

UPDATE: All queries must be received by 12:00 AM Friday (Jan. 21, 2011) — so Thursday night!  I am (no surprise) receiving a lot of these, and I don’t want to be SO inundated that I can’t give everyone a quality-critique.  So, I said I’d be open until Friday, and I’ll wait until the very start of Friday and then close the submissions.  THANKS!!


Hey, that title kind of rhymes!

Anyways, to kick off the Let the Words Flow Query Week (which is the first week of February), I wanted to offer my own!  It’ll be next week, and here are the rules:

  1. If you want your query critiqued, email it to me by Friday (Jan. 21, 2011).  I will critique every query that I receive and email it back to you!!*
  2. If you are willing to have your query posted on my blog for some community critiquing, please let me know!  I will ask my friends (you guys!) to offer feedback on the query in the comments section, and I will also email you my own critique.
  3. To send your query, simply go over to that contact me icon in the left corner (it looks like an envelope), copy/paste your query there, and send it!  Or send it directly to susan (at) susandennard (dot) com — please, no attachments!
  4. Finally, spread the word!  The more the merrier!

If you want help writing your query, I suggest you check out “The Parts of a Good Query Letter”.  And don’t forget to tune in for Query Week on Let the Words Flow — we’ll be hearing from some agents, so it should be super exciting!

Now get your query letter ready and send it along!

You tell me: Will you participate?  Would you like to see more stuff like this from me — maybe first page critiques or 1-page synopsis critiques?

*Note: Contrary to popular belief, I am not super human. So if I get a TON of queries, then it might take a few weeks for me to critique every one!

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How I Got My Agent (Part 2: The Prep)

Research, research research the agents you want to contact.  Make sure these agents represent your genre, and make sure you follow the agents’ submission guidelines — every agent has a different set of submission requirements.

The fastest way to get a rejection is to query an agent who doesn’t represent your genre or to not follow submission guidelines.  And those are such easy mistakes to avoid! (Read more…)

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How I Got My Agent (Part 1: The Parts of a Good Query)

So, it’s been a while since I signed with Nancy Coffey Literary & Media Representation, and I’ve yet to explain how it all happened.  One of the main reasons I waited was to prevent hurt feelings or coming across as rude, but…  Enough time has passed now that I think the rejected agents have forgotten all about me. (Read more…)

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