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Query Help / Re: Mentioning Pitch Wars?
« Last post by JabariT on Today at 02:49:13 PM »
Cool, thanks, guys!
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Welcome New Users / Re: How did you find QueryTracker?
« Last post by Lily on Today at 02:48:32 PM »
Google (like a lot of others apparently). Glad to have found it and glad to see members look like active writers!
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Welcome New Users / Hi writers
« Last post by Lily on Today at 02:46:06 PM »
Hello. New to QueryTracker and glad to be in a community of what looks like creative and supportive other writers. See you on the forum  :)
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Update: The two agents who requested during PitMad are both out of the picture. One passed away, and the other left the agent business.   :eek:

Some sort of curse??

After attending an absolutely amazing writer's conference and workshop in January, I've decided to hold off querying for a while. I received some fantastic advice for revisions and great ideas on how to query/pitch the book. I plan on jumping back in once the revisions are complete.

Once I dig out a little (lots of work right now), I will share some of the info I gleaned from this conference. I've been to a lot of conferences, and this was unlike any other--so good!

JeanneG
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Query Review / Re: YA Fantasy "The Legend of Brave Sir Lumos" (Take 2)
« Last post by TigerAsh on Today at 02:04:55 PM »
I remember reading somewhere an "X + Y" thing can work where a book does not.

I think that works for the elevator pitch...but I think the point of listing comp titles in the query is to demonstrate that you can imagine where this book would be found on the shelves of a bookstore kind of thing.  Movie comps in the query can come off sounding like you don't know and are writing something that should instead be a screenplay!  :)


 This. :yes:
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Query Help / Re: Mentioning Pitch Wars?
« Last post by TigerAsh on Today at 01:58:17 PM »
Hi everyone,

Just wanted to say that firstly, I've never queried before. So I entered Pitch Wars last year and got a request for more materials from one of my chosen mentors. She ultimately didn't select me as her mentee, but gave really, really glowing feedback (along the lines of her not feeling like she wanted to edit my work for fear of ruining it). My question is, is this worth mentioning in a query in any way? If so, how? Or is there no point?

There's no point in mentioning this is your query.



On a related note, I had an author friend read some chapters, love them and said I had his full permission to use his name as a reference when querying. Does this mean I just mention him recommending I query? Should I only bring him up to agents I think would know him? His agency only?

You can mention him if you are querying his agent (though your author friend should mention you to his agent as well). Otherwise, you shouldn't mention him at all.


Thank you!


Good luck!
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Query Help / Re: Mentioning Pitch Wars?
« Last post by jcwrites on Today at 11:45:44 AM »
No and no.

Agents only want to know your published credits (preferably for pay), and awards of some distinction (e.g., honorable mention in your high school newspaper doesn't count; a Pulitzer does).
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Query Help / Mentioning Pitch Wars?
« Last post by JabariT on Today at 11:26:26 AM »
Hi everyone,

Just wanted to say that firstly, I've never queried before. So I entered Pitch Wars last year and got a request for more materials from one of my chosen mentors. She ultimately didn't select me as her mentee, but gave really, really glowing feedback (along the lines of her not feeling like she wanted to edit my work for fear of ruining it). My question is, is this worth mentioning in a query in any way? If so, how? Or is there no point?

On a related note, I had an author friend read some chapters, love them and said I had his full permission to use his name as a reference when querying. Does this mean I just mention him recommending I query? Should I only bring him up to agents I think would know him? His agency only?

Thank you!
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Query Review / Re: THE MAGIC KINGDOM - Middle Grade fantasy - Query
« Last post by ryan1 on Today at 10:32:36 AM »
Thanks.  Totally agree with you on both accounts.  I should have noticed the awkward "living" myself.  :/

And, no...I wouldn't say I pigeon hold myself too much.  I like a wide swath of genres.  But, most of what I write tends to border on the speculative fiction realm, from sci fi and fantasy, to more paranormal.  But then, I've also done technical writing and narrative non-fiction, so, you know.

But this work I didn't originally write with the intention of ever trying to get it published.  I was just kind of having fun.  But then some folks who read some of it suggested I try getting it published, so, well, here I am.  Downside?  It means I have to spend a lot of time now doing some serious editing and rewrites.  :/

At least it gives me something to work on while I'm doing research for what I hope will be my next novel.
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Query Review / Re: THE MAGIC KINGDOM - Middle Grade fantasy - Query
« Last post by MichelleG on Today at 10:23:42 AM »
Ryan 1 - just noticed this posting was your’s. I see you don’t pigeon hole yourself into one genre.
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