I saw this tweet this morning: "Dear God, Please don't ever let me click a link from Query Shark and find my query letter there. Amen."
I immediately replied, and I'm posting this here, to remind everyone that QueryShark is entirely voluntary. Every letter here was sent to the QueryShark, not to my incoming queries at the agency.
I do not ever post letters without the author's permission.
I take this pretty seriously because I value the trust you show by letting me critique your work publically to help not just you but LOTS of other writers.
I take it so seriously that even if someone jokes around about finding themselves on QueryShark, I don't treat it as a joke.
And if I ever make a mistake (and I can't see how it could happen...but it never hurts to be prepared) I have one last failsafe mechanism in place: when I post the query, I also send the link to the author as it goes up.
So, back to our regularly scheduled gnawing.