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Queries

It seems like that time of year again: querying agents. Here are some resources I have used to draft queries. When you get published, you can thank me in the acknowledgements. Teehee.

*An agent rips apart, I mean, gently critiques query letters sent in by writers, on the Query Shark blog.

*Agent Nathan Bransford’s blog is full of great information for writers, including this on the anatomy of a good query letter.

*Young adult author, Elana Johnson, has an awesome e-book From the Query to the Call, that walks you through the whole process of writing a great query.

*Jane Friedman’s The Complete Guide to Query Letters that Get Manuscript Requests

*Agent Rachelle Gardner has lots of great advice about the publishing industry. Here’s How to Write a Query Letter.

*Writer’s Relief posted Anatomy of a Query Letter in the Huffington Post.

*Media Bistro offers 23 Literary Agent Query Letters That Worked

Please share your favorite query resource or advice in the comments.

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Query Resources (repost)

Having just drafted a query letter for Sophie, I thought others could benefit from the resources I used. I originally posted these resources in Winter 2010, when I had just rewritten the query letter for Kwizera, but I still swear by these resources and all the helpful query tidbits these links imparted. 

When you get published, you can thank me in the acknowledgements.

*An agent rips apart, I mean, gently critiques query letters sent in by writers, on the Query Shark blog.

*Advice from the queen of query letter advice, agent Janet Reid.

*More advice from agent Janet Reid who spoke about queries at a conference. Thanks to Kathy Kulig for sharing.

*Even more advice, this time on writing a 250-word query, from Janet Reid.

*Agent Nathan Bransford’s blog is full of great information for writers, including this on the anatomy of a good query letter.

*Young adult author, Elana Johnson, used to call herself the Query Ninja. Her blog still offers lots of advice on writing queries, and she offers her e-book From the Query to the Call for FREE (I have it).

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Beautiful Blogger Award

Beautiful Blogger AwardThanks to Jen Bee, the Tea Wren, for passing this award on to me. Now, to fulfill the requirements of the award I must share 7 facts about myself:

1. I have temporary obsessions like learning Greek or Spanish or to play the guitar, or crocheting beaded bracelets, and then I move on to the next obsession after about 3 to 8 weeks. Current obsession is knitting. It’s hard to read and knit at the same time, however.

2. My favorite protein is shrimp, except when I was pregnant, in which case my favorite source of protein was milk shakes and frozen yogurt. I’m lactose intolerant (bonus fact), and when I was pregnant was the only time I could naturally digest milk products. It was wonderful.

3. My husband and I pick travel locations based on food expectations, most recently Croatia which had amazing pizza and cured meats. Favorite foodie destination so far: Oaxaca, Mexico. Moles, anticuchos, carnitas, tacos al pastor…

4. I spent the summer after freshman year of college working in Paris for a software company, at which time I became fluent and read Hemingway in French (For Whom the Bell Tolls, of all things), discovered merguez sausage and pizza with an egg on top, and learned enough curse words so as not to smile when someone used them on me.

5. I am not enjoying my sons’ obsession with bodily functions. I grew up in a refined household where even the men kept their noises and smells to themselves. Why are burps (not to mention the other words and functions that come up at the dinner table) so dang funny? I don’t get it.

6. I miss singing. In my younger days, I could fill an empty house or apartment with top-of-the-lungs renditions of Linda Ronstadt, 1980’s pop, and Les Mis songs. Now I rarely get to spend time in an empty house, and when I do, I usually have some writing/plotting/revising to do. Or cleaning.

7. I went to a Waldorf school for 4 years, which is how I got started playing the oboe and learning French. If it hadn’t been for that school, I wouldn’t have sewn a unicorn and a nightdress, made an egg and a pestle in wood shop, knitted socks, learned to play the recorder and the violin, started learning German before college, or taken the movement class called Eurythmy. I wouldn’t say I enjoyed Eurythmy, but I minded it less than my classmates, maybe because I love dance (ooh, another bonus fact!).

And I have the pleasure of giving the award to 15 other beautiful bloggers:

My extraordinary critique partner Suzanne Lilly
My exceptional critique partner Laura Elaro
Suzette Saxton and Bethany Wiggins of Shooting Stars
Stina Lindenblatt of Seeing Creative
Christine Fonseca
Laura Diamond of Diamond – Yup, Like the Stone
The author of Scars, Cheryl Rainfield
The query ninja herself, Elana Johnson
Mary Lindsey
Sarah Wylie of Sarah with a chance
Jamie Harrington of Totally The Bomb
Tami Moore
Martina Boone and Marissa Graff of Adventures in Children’s Publishing
Debra Driza of Enjoying life with 3 dogs, 2 kids and an ADHD husband
Cole Gibsen of Hair Dye & Samurai

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Fantabulous Followers Contest

Just in time for today’s blog post, I gathered this information about a fantabulous contest, hosted by young adult authors, Suzette Saxton and Bethany Wiggins.

The grand prize is a 40-page submission and critique by literary agent Suzie Townsend of FinePrint Literary. Yes, Suzie Townsend will not only read 40 pages of your manuscript, she will critique them!

Click the fantabulous contest link above for information on the other prizes and how to enter.

In addition, young adult author, Elana Johnson, has book giveaways galore on her site, also in honor of her fantabulous followers.

So, go be a fantabulous follower, win some books, or a critique/submission, and learn a lot of great info about YA books and authors.

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Query Resources

Having just drafted a new query letter for the rewritten Kwizera, I thought others could benefit from the resources I used. When you get published, you can thank me in the acknowledgements.

*An agent rips apart, I mean, gently critiques query letters sent in by writers, on the Query Shark blog.

*Advice from the queen of query letter advice, agent Janet Reid.

*More advice from agent Janet Reid who spoke about queries at a conference. Thanks to Kathy Kulig for sharing.

*Even more advice, this time on writing a 250-word query, from Janet Reid.

*Agent Nathan Bransford’s blog is full of great information for writers, including this on the anatomy of a good query letter.

*Aspiring author, Elana Johnson, is the Query Ninja. Send her your query letter for the online ninja treatment or read her critiques of other writer’s queries.

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