Tuesday, April 29, 2008

For all you brave writers

Many of us have fond memories of Miss Snark, the anonymous agent who dispensed excellent advice, lots of laughs, and contests that made us question her sanity when she slogged through and critiqued hundreds of entries for first pages, query letters, and more.

If you miss having your work savaged, there's a new blog in town:

Query Shark

Run by the wonderful and savvy Janet Reid, who is now an agent with Fine Print Literary Management, the intent of this blog is to help you craft a query letter that makes sense and will get an agent's attention. Ms. Reid doesn't pull any punches (she's awesome that way), but if you can take the heat, you'll have some very worthwhile insight into your query.


Marta Stephens said...

Wow! We think nothing of writing 90,000 words, but stumble when it come to writing a one-page query letter.

Thanks for sharing Reid's link.

Aaron Paul Lazar said...

SW - thanks for posting this! You've inspired me to get back to trolling for a big agent again. I need to tidy up that query letter and send it in to be shredded. LOL! And Marta - you're right. I've NEVER written anything as difficult as a query letter. Well, maybe the 150 word synopsis of my book(s) for back covers could compete with that... but not by much!

Marta Stephens said...

Funny thing, I was going to mention that the query AND the synopsis are equally difficult to write only because the writing has to be absolutely tight!