Query Critique

Monday, October 27, 2014

Hi everyone!  Because I've been wanting to make this blog more helpful for awhile now, I've decided to feature a special query critique contest every month!


Here's what I'm thinking: When I announce the contest each month, the eighth person submit their query (and you don't need to use the submission form for this, guys, just email me directly!) with the subject header LITERARY CARRIE QUERY CRITIQUE at the beginning of their pitch (because eight is my favorite number), will win a free query critique that I will share on my blog the following month.  If their critique gets more than eight comments on my blog, they will then win the "author treatment," where I will critique/edit the first 100 pages of their manuscript the same way I would for my clients.

What do you guys think?  Does it sound like fun?  I hope so, because the first query critique is now open!  Submit your query with the header above to enter!

17 comments:

  1. Sign me up! Oh, wait...

    I will spread the word.

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    1. Haha, welcome to the other side of the fence, my friend :)

      And thanks for letting everyone know about the contest!

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  2. What a wonderful idea! I so appreciate this because I would have jumped at this opportunity before I signed with you. I just shared it on Facebook and hope you'll get a ton of responses.

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  3. I tweeted it out and got a few favorites already (of course, two of those were my parents who favorite every single thing I tweet just because I tweeted it--don't worry, you will not be getting a query from my parents haha) I love this because I was always on the hunt for these kinds of contests!

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  4. Wow — this is great! I'll share the news on Twitter/Facebook. I have a feeling this will be popular :)

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  5. Yes, great idea! And also how I found you - through a query contest on Monica's Love YA blog:http://monibw.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html. I'll spread the word.

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    1. And I "met" Carrie through you, Ms. Kristin Lenz! Big cyber hug coming your way! And I still owe you wine and chocolate (of course). Let's connect soon. :)

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  6. What a great idea, Carrie!
    Your insight would be so valuable. I will spread the word! :)

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  7. Thanks so much for giving back to the writing community in this way! Do you prefer people only enter this contest if their book falls under your submission preferences? For example - no science fiction/fantasy?

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    1. Thanks Karyne! That's a really smart question! Hmmm...I would say that I am open to all entries as long as the people entering are aware that I might not be the perfect agent for them, which might make certain things difficult. For instance, if you write heavy sci-fi/fantasy and win the author treatment, you might want to take some of my suggestions with a grain of salt.

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  8. This sounds like a great idea! I would love to participate in this contest. To which email should the pitch be sent to? Thanks!

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    1. Thanks! My email is carrie(at)prospectagency(dot)com.

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