Today I'm talking queries. Not cookies? I know, I'm shocked with you ;)
Queries are a necessary evil. I don't jump for joy when the time comes to write one, but I get why they are needed.
After all, if we can't get the gist of our book baby down in three paragraphs, it could mean our MS might not be ready. Don't believe me? Check out this post by Janice Hardy about 'What your query says about your book.' A super helpful eye opener.
Another query goddess is the frawesome Elana Johnson. Elana not only gives her eBook 'From The Query To The Call' away for free, but she has a section on her blog dedicated to queries. Did I mention how much I love her method?
Want a bit of extra help? C.J.Redwine runs some great query and synopsis workshops.
And you know we've got an awesome query critique contest going on, right? Well, you can enter it here. Not only will you be in with the chance for a query critique from agent Natalie Fischer or Josh Getzler, but you could win a query critique from one of us!
There's no harm in spending a good portion of time on your query, but make sure the MS is query ready as well. After all, a strong query gets you in the door. A stronger MS keeps you there.
What about you? Query tips? Handy hints? Feel free to share.