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« on: June 16, 2007, 08:22:50 PM »

Need help with your query letters?  You are encouraged to post your query letters here so others can help you.

Posters:
1.  Do not include any private information in your letters (ie name, address, email etc.).
2.  If you feel it is necessary, you may remove information which you want to keep 'secret', such as titles or key plot points.  But I suggest you do not remove too much or it could greatly hinder the amount of help you can receive.
3.  Be prepared, you may hear something you don't like.  Take all criticisms as constructive remarks.
4.  You don't have to listen to everyone who reviews your query. But if you get many responses saying the same thing, then you should seriously consider it.


While we don't have an official rule about it, we are a collaborative community and thus encourage anyone who posts their work to return the favor and review the works of others.  Those reviewing the work of others generally receive more and better reviews of their own work.


Reviewers:
1.  Be kind, but firm.
2.  Your critiques should concentrate on the following areas:
     a. Content.  Does the letter tell enough about the story?  Does it cover the key points?  Does it wander off in the wrong direction?
     b. Hook.  Is there something about this letter which grabs the reader and makes him/her want more?
     c. Does the letter contain all the required information (book title, length, etc.)
     d. Grammar, spelling and typos.
3.  Don't just criticize, offer suggestions for improvement.
4.  If it's good, say so.

Happy Querying.
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« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2008, 09:01:38 PM »


Hi, I am not sure how to post and submit my query for review. Do I just post it under someone else or start my own, but can't find where to post a new one. Thanks!
Need help with your query letters?  You are encouraged to post your query letters here so others can help you.

Posters:
1.  Do not include any private information in your letters (ie name, address, email etc.).
2.  If you feel it is necessary, you may remove information which you want to keep 'secret', such as titles or key plot points.  But I suggest you do not remove too much or it could greatly hinder the amount of help you can receive.
3.  Be prepared, you may hear something you don't like.  Take all criticisms as constructive remarks.
4.  You don't have to listen to everyone who reviews your query. But if you get many responses saying the same thing, then you should seriously consider it.


While we don't have an official rule about it, we are a collaborative community and thus encourage anyone who posts their work to return the favor and review the works of others.  Those reviewing the work of others generally receive more and better reviews of their own work.


Reviewers:
1.  Be kind, but firm.
2.  Your critiques should concentrate on the following areas:
     a. Content.  Does the letter tell enough about the story?  Does it cover the key points?  Does it wander off in the wrong direction?
     b. Hook.  Is there something about this letter which grabs the reader and makes him/her want more?
     c. Does the letter contain all the required information (book title, length, etc.)
     d. Grammar, spelling and typos.
3.  Don't just criticize, offer suggestions for improvement.
4.  If it's good, say so.

Happy Querying.
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« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2008, 05:50:20 PM »

the tab on the far right of the page were you can see the topics. It has 'mark as read' and some other stuff, along with 'start new topic'.
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« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2009, 11:41:22 AM »

This post by Patrick is worth noting. In addition to suggestions for things in a query to focus on, is asks us to be kind, but firm.

This is not a forum that welcomes posts by anyone taking pride in being an "S.O.B" and deliberately posting query reviews in that spirit.
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« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2009, 12:31:36 PM »

This is not a forum that welcomes posts by anyone taking pride in being an "S.O.B" and deliberately posting query reviews in that spirit.

That's quite true (although occasionally a hint of milquetoastism does rear its timid head.) However, for full frontal-assault arrogance and confidence-shredding ugliness one need look no further than Absolute Write.   Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2009, 12:41:21 PM »

Ah, so true, Aiala.  When I need a dose of snarky (not my original word choice, but it will suffice), I head over to AW Evil.  Fortunately, I don't need that often. 
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« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2009, 12:35:12 PM »

Aila, you are obviously prescient and psychic.   Smiley  I ended up at QueryTracker on the recommendation of a friend after my posted query was savaged on AW.  If only I'd come here first.  Better late than never. 
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« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2009, 12:54:16 PM »

Aiala, you are obviously prescient and psychic.   Smiley  I ended up at QueryTracker on the recommendation of a friend after my posted query was savaged on AW.  If only I'd come here first.  Better late than never. 

Welcome to QT, Pandysmum, and Karma for good luck!

I'm not psychic at all, just AW-scarred. (You know, like sperm whales bear the sucker marks from encounters with giant squids.) But I'm sure you'll find the ambiance here agreeable and supportive.   Smiley

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« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2009, 03:11:25 PM »

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like sperm whales bear the sucker marks from encounters with giant squids

Omigod, what a delightful and perfectly appropriate analogy!   clap
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« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2009, 11:06:35 AM »

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like sperm whales bear the sucker marks from encounters with giant squids
Omigod, what a delightful and perfectly appropriate analogy!   clap

I'm glad you liked it.

I've given you your fifth Karma point, thereby enabling you to award/rescind it yourself. (You'll see the little blue "applaud" and "smite" buttons beneath your name on the left of the page.)

Enjoy!  Smiley

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« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2010, 05:39:11 PM »

Just where do I post my Query for review?  Thanks
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« Reply #11 on: August 09, 2010, 06:12:34 PM »

Just where do I post my Query for review?  Thanks

Go to the main board and post under Query Review.

Welcome. I gave you your first karma.  Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: March 22, 2011, 04:12:05 PM »

Oh my gosh, I am already in love with you, Aiala, MaryL and pandysmum!  Grin  I just posted an innocent question on AW, and I quickly found myself pulled into a philosophical discussion/crucifixion that is nearly the straw that broke this AWer's back.  Think I will definitely post my query for review over HERE instead...
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« Reply #13 on: March 22, 2011, 07:52:47 PM »

You know, it's a very large and active group over there. Great ideas are shared, but it can be overwhelming. Both places serve a purpose. I'm glad you joined us, LisaAnn. Looking forward to seeing your query.
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« Reply #14 on: March 22, 2011, 08:51:24 PM »

Thanks, MaryL, and I really love your cover. Smiley  And you're right, I definitely shouldn't make generalizations, as I have encountered MANY incredible folks over there who continuously brighten my day.  For the most part, AW has been a fantastic resource; there have just been a few bad apples, but I shouldn't let that bring down the whole ship for me.  (Think I wrote that post in a fit of fury over one particular user's comments lately!)   embarrassed2
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