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Offline elknutswife

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good query guidelines
« on: September 15, 2007, 08:50:26 PM »
Hi all.  I just sent a query to Caren Johnson and noticed that she has some good guidelines and tips for writing queries on her site.  I think this is the link  :)

http://cjla.squarespace.com/to-query-an-agent/

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Re: good query guidelines
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2007, 08:55:40 PM »
Hi all.  I just sent a query to Caren Johnson and noticed that she has some good guidelines and tips for writing queries on her site.  I think this is the link  :)

http://cjla.squarespace.com/to-query-an-agent/

oh, GREAT advice, especially about the drinking!  seriously, i really liked this advice.  clear, reasonable and doesn't make me feel like i couldn't do it.
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Re: good query guidelines
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2007, 09:03:39 PM »
Karma for (a.) the excellent link, and (b.) the fate of your query.

Just one karma, though.  I've yet to dole out the legendary DOUBLE-KARMA, which is reserved for... Well, I'll know a double-karma when I see it!

Rumor has it that there's even a TRIPLE-KARMA deep in hiding.  I wonder what it'll take...
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Re: good query guidelines
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2007, 09:06:43 PM »
Don't remember where I found this but it might help all of us:

What you should not do in your query letter
Do not mention who has rejected the piece before.
Do not include other people's statements about your article.
Do not tell the editor how long and hard you have been working on this
article.
Do not mention the assistance of others.
Do not tell them that the piece still needs work.
Do not request advice, comments, criticism or analysis.
Do not talk about how thrilling it would be to be published.
Do not include inappropriate or off-subject information about yourself.
Do not discuss the rights you wish to sell.
Do not discuss price or payment.
Do not give your social security number.
Do not give or discuss copyright information.
Do not wear out your welcome by writing too much or failing to get to the
point.
Do not query without studying the publication enough to know whether your
idea is appropriate.
Do not waste your time querying an unreceptive editor over and over again.
Do not present ideas for several different articles in the same letter. This can be
done once you have established a rapport with an editor, but should not be done
in a blind query.
Do not use obscenities or inappropriate content.
Do not send inappropriate, off-subject samples.
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Re: good query guidelines
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2007, 09:19:58 PM »
Karma for (a.) the excellent link, and (b.) the fate of your query.

Just one karma, though.  I've yet to dole out the legendary DOUBLE-KARMA, which is reserved for... Well, I'll know a double-karma when I see it!

Rumor has it that there's even a TRIPLE-KARMA deep in hiding.  I wonder what it'll take...

How about forgetting what I know about a certain videotape that was made one drunk night last September?

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Re: good query guidelines
« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2007, 10:36:38 PM »
Ooooo...I'll give a Quadruple Karma to see that baby!   :wink:
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Re: good query guidelines
« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2007, 08:28:46 AM »
How about forgetting what I know about a certain videotape that was made one drunk night last September?


This kind of thing also works really well in a query letter.

So lets see, who do we know in New York? JW, do you own a video camera?

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Re: good query guidelines
« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2007, 08:40:36 AM »
This kind of thing also works really well in a query letter.

So lets see, who do we know in New York? JW, do you own a video camera?

now yer talkin'! a project like this might in fact motivate me to write this week (it's been 2 sans ecrire)(maybe even 3)... a little blackmail might motivate me right up!

 
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Re: good query guidelines
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2007, 09:20:06 AM »
I just need to walk down, basically a single block in Manhattan and they're all there. Hee! But I wouldn't know them by face.

But *pouts* I'm not that kind of girl. However i am scheduled for lunch with a rather high profile agent in two weeks at the conference I am attending. Hint...his client is my blogmate..hint, hint. My other critmate is his "baby-sitter" at the conference. But he rejected me twice. I just want to meet him, finally after hearing about how wonderful he is from everyone on the planet.

But please..behave on my blog! I'm serious. No agent threats!!! I am looking forward to when I actually have one of my own.