How To Write Query Letters ... or, really, how to revise query letters so they actually work
SO who else went back and checked which entry this was??Looks like a good'un, hopefully this is a hint at it being out in the world soon!
How do you check?
Liz, you just go back over past posts until you find #163.
Liz - how to you check - You go down to Blog in the right-hand side and click on a month - this post #163 is from June, 2010 - each month has the queries listed by number. The progression is linear forward.
#163 wasn't listed with the "Queries that got to YES." I just started reading a few weeks ago; does this mean there are more good queries that I have to dig for?
I e-mailed a query recently, and now I hear about the "Great Email Debacle." Oh dear, I hope that doesn't mean I have to re-send.
RE Zoe:I noticed that it wasn't in the YES list either, but it certainly got one at the time.There are certainly some great queries that you should go back and sift through, but there's also a whole heap of terrible to almost there ones that are full of info both in themselves and the comments from the shark. Don't think Janet posts any queries good or bad unless she feels there's something to be learned from them.
*raises hand*I checked, too. It was a very, very good query. I love this site, because there are such wonderful examples of what works and what doesn't!
Lyndoncr - you are totally right. I think I have learned more from the bad queries, really. I've had several moments of "ohhh, that's exactly what I would have written," and it's really enlightening to see how and why it doesn't work. I've been reading back into the archives but haven't gotten very far yet. I've already learned a lot (such as, lead with independent clauses!) and am applying it to my manuscript.
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OK I'm an idiot. I'm taking it when Query Shark says "SEND IT" that's like you pass and shit, right? That doesn't mean you actually send it, right? Because I'm working on a query but it doesn't look like what Ms Reid handles. So if it passes here that means I hit the buttons and whatnot, but Janet doesn't necessarily mean "yeah I want it".Amirite?I have been checking out every last entry on this blog and this is freaking invaluable. But unless I'm a dolt - which is possible - this is what I understand - "send it" just means you did good. Right?
RW--I seem to remember Janet answering that question before, and said that if she says to send it, you send it. I could be remembering wrong, but I'm at least 95% sure.
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