Dear Query Shark,
I have an incomplete fantasy novel
here's where I stop reading and send a form rejection letter
that I'd like to know whether I should bother with. I know this is a bit unusual but you seem like a brutally honest person and that's what I need. I want to know whether I should continue with my idea.
Word count so far is 5,828 out of what I expect to be 60,000.
I know this is unusual but even if you don't critique it on your blog I would love even a tiny response with your honest opinion.
I understand if you don't reply.
FIRST FIVE PAGES: (redacted)
You have to have a finished novel.
There are no exceptions to this.
If you send a query for an unfinished novel, don't say so. It's bad enough to actually do it, it's worse to say so. I don't read queries for unfinished novels.
The first step for writing a query letter is to finish the novel.
And the query shark blog is a critique of query letters, not synopses or first pages. That's why it's called QUERYShark, not WritingShark.