Monday, March 23, 2009
I am WAY excited about a recent review of Autumn that appeared in the Asheville Citizen-Times (Asheville, NC). Click here to read it. Thanks for the smiles, Jennifer Prince! :-)
Monday, March 09, 2009
Ok, for some reason I've become totally obsessed with this idea. March 5 was declared "#queryfail" day by a handful of literary agents who tweet regularly. Throughout the day, they posted the worst of the worst queries. Here are some of my personal favorites:
-"It would be a huge mistake if you don't publish this book." A threat? Always a good career move. ;-)
-"What if everything you knew to be true, turned out not to be true? What if it were, in fact, false?" Actually, this sounds like it could be an interesting idea, but the cliches are just too much.
-A query that included 50 other agents in the email address box. Ugh! Slushy slush slush.
-A query in which the writer asked to schedule a phone call, because the book is just too difficult to describe in writing. Huh?
-A query that describes a "fictional novel." As opposed to the one that really exists?
Want more? Visit www.twitter.com and search "#queryfail"
We all make mistakes. I've sent out my fair share of mediocre queries. The above post wasn't meant to poke fun as much as it was meant to remind us all to polish, polish, polish and then RESEARCH before submitting to agents and publishing houses. Being published is a dream many of us share. Being published on #queryfail is NOT! :-)