More than two thousand writers have offered up their queries to the Shark.
As you can see from the post numbers, we're really behind (don't worry, Q is for query, not quit: we're not stopping!)
I want to pause for just a moment between eviscerations to say how much I respect your participation here. Some of you send queries, some of you write comments, some of you just read the blog. I consider all of you to be part of The Chum.
I know this exercise in brutality (is there really any other accurate description?) works. We've all watched some of the queries go from raw to polished. It does work. But, that does NOT mean it's easy.
It is, in fact, very very hard. You have to gather up your courage just to send a letter, then have it posted, endure the critique, then take it to heart but not take it personally, and then try again.
Each person who gets a query posted on this blog has a chance to have it taken down.
Of the 143 posts I've done, only 6 have elected to do so.
Recently, in reply to the email I send to authors with posted queries reminding them they can have their post taken down, one writer replied:
In no way, shape, or form, do I want my query removed. How could I offer a more, improved, version if the original wasn't still posted?
That sentence right there is the best evocation of rock solid iron clad determination I've seen in some time.
Writing can be learned.
Syntax can be taught.
Determination is yours and yours alone.
I can't teach it, foster it, or help you find it. All I can do is recognize it and respect it. You've earned your scars here.
Now, enough lallygagging by the compliments buffet. Back to work. And yes, I mean YOU.