Saturday, March 10, 2012

Need Query Help?

Hey all,

Have query woes? Want to know what's not quite clicking on all cylinders? Need to get an objective, non-judgemental opinion before you send that thing out into the world?*

If you're like most writers, the answer is probably yes, hell yes, and friggin' hell yes. (Followed closely by 'right now yes'.)

Well, you're in luck.

In the blogosphere there exists a Goblin who'd love to look over your query. She lives here. What she does is simple: she eyeballs queries (for fun!) and lets you know what she thinks about them. She reworks them, smoothing out awkward phrasings or just to show you where the problems are. Or that what you're trying to say isn't what's being communicated. Basically, if goblins could be rockstars, she'd be one.

How do I know all this? Basically, she's helped me with two queries**. Not only do I think both queries are substantially better for it, but the process has helped me identify problems I commonly have and can therefore avoid in future queries. It's a win all the way around.

You should check out her site, even if you don't need help.

 The Query Goblin

Hope everyone's doing well--two more weeks of thesis hell, then I'm back to fun writing.

I can't wait.

* Or before you dive into Query Letter Hell on AW?
**Yes, The Painted Queen query is there, in all it's problem child glory.

Currently listening to: Too Close by Alex Clare

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