Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Once I started a query with, ‘To whom it may concern’. Yes, really.
Failing to read the publisher’s guidelines, I sent out the full manuscript of my 130K epic fantasy... after the 2nd draft. The formatting was all wrong too. Insert face palm.
I was young and clueless back then. I wasn’t a member of any associations or writer’s groups to steer me in the right direction and I thought the internet was something geeks did in the basements of their mother’s homes. Mystery shrouded the publishing industry.
Thank goodness things have changed. There is a plethora of resources on the net and in print on how to write a strong query.
Elana Johnson has written a book, From the Query to the Call. You can get your FREE copy here.
Rachelle Gardner posted a great article recently on 13 ways to screw up your query.
Query Shark goes through weak queries and explains how to improve them
What are some of your query mistakes you’re willing to share? Do you know of other helpful query resources?
Note: This post is part of the A-Z Challenge. To learn more about the challenge click the image on my sidebar.
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