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 FPLM.
I do not ever post letters without the author's permission, and if they want the letters removed, I do that too.
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.