Query Critiques: Now Open!

I’ll now be accepting queries for critique via the contact form below or on my About page. Please copy paste the query into the contact form. Your e-mail is required as I will use that to inform you if/when your query is critiqued. I want to hold myself to one each week.

Reasons I will definitely not critique your query: it’s ~500+ words long; it’s riddled with obvious errors in grammar and spelling; it fails to reflect any research into what a query is and what should be included.

What’s a query?

A query is a letter aspiring authors send to agents or editors when seeking representation or publication in the publishing industry. The letter should make the agent/editor want to read your pages and should outline the stakes of your novel with a variation on an if/then statement.

For example: If Harry Potter doesn’t find and destroy Voldemort’s seven Horcruxes, then the Dark Lord and his Death Eaters will achieve their reign of hatred and violence.
Katniss and Peeta must work together to win the Hunger Games or lose their lives.

Of course, if/then is formulaic, but the stakes of the story and the consequences for failure must be specific and personal and included in your query.


Before you submit

Before you get all excited, get your booty over to these websites and study up on what a query should read like from the greats (aka agents and editors and authors who are professionals).

Query Shark
Jane Friedman
Janet Reid, articles 1 and 2
Pass or Pages
and more

What makes me qualified?

Honestly, I’m another striving author like yourself. This is like when you trade with people on Twitter or with your critique partners, but in a public forum. You may not like what I have to say and that’s okay, but it’s up to you to take any of my comments and revise.

Revise and Resubmit?

No, thank you.


Send me your queries and if you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments below!

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