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PostSubject: Everything to do with Querying   Sat Feb 07, 2009 12:05 pm

Trying to write that all important query - need avice or can you give advice. Here is the place to share your experience about the most important letter of a writer's life!


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PostSubject: Re: Everything to do with Querying   Sat Feb 07, 2009 12:09 pm

Ah, those query letters...a necessary evil. I'm still on five rejections, although I think I still have about eight queries floating around the desks of those fancy agent people.

It's really difficult to write a decent query letter. Sometimes you can't even find the guidelines on the agent's site or they're really confusing. Some of them want a page, some of them want a paragraph, some of them want final WC, some of them don't...I got a headache sifting through all the guidelines. I did find this really great site about writing a decent query letter, though: Query Letter Do's and Don't's.

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PostSubject: Re: Everything to do with Querying   Mon Feb 09, 2009 10:24 am

I've queried over 30 agents/publishers. I've had 15 partial requests, 4 full requests, and one request for editing and resubmission.
Currnetly there are 3 agents and 1 publisher looking at Foresight. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. It's so tough to break in and get looked at, especially with the pressure of the economy right now. Houses are being forced to only publish what they know will sell well, and that mostly means established authors, so it's hard for us newbies.

Is anybody else shopping their MS?
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PostSubject: Re: Everything to do with Querying   Mon Feb 09, 2009 10:28 am

I'm about to start writing and sending out the second wave of queries. I think that the fact that I've made it this far is pretty amazing. And sdficklin? You make my head hurt with all that awesomeness. 3 agents AND a publisher...Seriously. Wink Luck to you.

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PostSubject: Re: Everything to do with Querying   Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:14 am

SD - thats amazing!! Congrats, i'll keep my fingers crossed - i'm currently at the beg of the first draft stage so it will be while before i'm shopping around!
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PostSubject: Re: Everything to do with Querying   Tue Feb 10, 2009 8:01 am

*laughs*

I don't think it's as impressive as it sounds. I am SO GLAD most everyone accepts e-mail queries now. There's nothing quite as nerve wracking as those white envelope assassins waiting in my mailbox. (rejection letters) It's especially bad when you get a partial request and they look at and are like...um, no. LOL!

I'm just keeping my fingers crossed. I still have a few more agents in the wings I can submit to if it all goes south from here.
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PostSubject: Re: Everything to do with Querying   Fri Feb 13, 2009 12:06 pm

I thought some of you might be interested in the Ten Commandments of Courtesy between writer and agent!

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PostSubject: Re: Everything to do with Querying   Sat Feb 21, 2009 10:41 am

Well, I just got another rejection letter. *Sigh* Ah well.

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PostSubject: Re: Everything to do with Querying   Sat Feb 21, 2009 11:00 am

aw Novel *hugs*

What did it say?

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PostSubject: Re: Everything to do with Querying   Sat Feb 21, 2009 11:02 am

It was just a "it's not right for us at this time" thing. Eh.

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PostSubject: Re: Everything to do with Querying   Sat Feb 21, 2009 12:19 pm

That's a bummer, Novel, but keep at it!
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PostSubject: Re: Everything to do with Querying   Mon Apr 13, 2009 1:43 pm

Nathan Bransford has an interesting competition thing going on his blog at the moment about queries. Go have a look. Smile

http://nathanbransford.blogspot.com/

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PostSubject: Re: Everything to do with Querying   Mon Apr 20, 2009 11:53 am

I got my reply from Nathan Bransford...and it was a no...*sigh*

Ah, well. I'm home sick today, might as well put it to good use. I'm off to write more queries...

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PostSubject: Re: Everything to do with Querying   Mon Apr 20, 2009 11:57 am

wow that was very quick wasn't it?

maybe you should try and post the query up on queryshark or one of those other blogs anonymously and see what they think? cause your writing is brilliant Smile

I even mentioned you on a thread at absolute write

hope you don't mind. Smile


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PostSubject: Re: Everything to do with Querying   Mon Apr 20, 2009 12:30 pm

Aw, thanks. Smile That makes me feel a lot better. And submitting to QueryShark is looking better and better and better...I might give in.

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PostSubject: Re: Everything to do with Querying   Mon Apr 20, 2009 12:35 pm

Is posting the query here in you sharing thread a possibility? Or have you had lots of opinions on it from friends already?

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PostSubject: Re: Everything to do with Querying   Mon Apr 20, 2009 12:41 pm

I *could* share it here...maybe...and, no, I haven't had *any* input from my non-Internet friends.

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PostSubject: Re: Everything to do with Querying   Mon Apr 20, 2009 12:55 pm

Have you had input from anyone?

Because, a query is just as important as the novel. If an agent doesn't like the query, then they won't be interested in the book. Your query letter should be as good as you can possibly make it, so if that means having other people offer opinions on it, then I'd suggest sharing it with someone, at least, even if you don't want to pass it round everyone here.

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PostSubject: Re: Everything to do with Querying   Mon Apr 20, 2009 1:03 pm

Hey, also, if you haven't yet, query Joanna Volpe. She rocks! And I hear she's in the market for some new stuff...
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PostSubject: Re: Everything to do with Querying   Mon Apr 20, 2009 1:51 pm

Ooh, thanks, sd! And Dae -- if I don't share it here, I might ask my friend Josh to critique it. He's not a writer, but he's on the debate team and he writes a mean business letter, to boot. And even though the notion makes my teeth hurt, I may show it to my English teacher. He's sent out a lot of query letters (and has his first rejection framed and hanging on the classroom wall).
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PostSubject: Re: Everything to do with Querying   Sat Apr 25, 2009 4:13 am

There are a couple of blog posts on query letters from the Book Ends Agency up at the moment.

First one: Query Letters
Second one: How Long to Query?

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PostSubject: Re: Everything to do with Querying   Thu May 07, 2009 1:34 pm

Novel-Goddess:

I guess you just have to keep trying. Sooner or later, you will sell something,and all your hard work will be justified.
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PostSubject: Re: Everything to do with Querying   Sat Aug 08, 2009 9:50 am

There is a very good post about submissions here: "Submissions 101"

It covers the very first things you should know, not just about submitting a query, but before you do that, to make sure you are ready to query.

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PostSubject: Re: Everything to do with Querying   Sat Aug 08, 2009 9:54 am

Thanks for the link, Dae. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Everything to do with Querying   Sun Aug 09, 2009 11:47 am

excellent links! I may post a few links and excerpts when my laptop is better too!

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