Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Ch - ch - ch- changes
You guys have been awesome!
Once we tip 100, though, I’m going to bow out of the critting circle. I’ll still be happy to post the occasional crit for any of the “regulars” who’d like to run a query or synopsis by. And I’ll still play over at Evil Editor’s site. Rewriting queries is an addiction I’ll still have to feed occasionally.
Here, however, I think I’m ready to move on from critting. I plan to amp up commentary on industry-related news and to continue chronicling the successes and failures of my self-pubbing efforts (or traditionally pubbed if that should happen). I’ll continue to empty my camera and post pix of my beautiful beasties because, after all, this blog is about things that are important to me. I certainly don’t want to be overly obnoxious, though, so I’ll back off of a 6-day-a-week posting schedule to a 2- or 3-day-a-week one. I won’t post if I have nothing to talk about. Plus, I’m trying to be more protective of my time. Not that I don’t procrastinate enough of it away on other things!
I certainly hope you’ll keep this little blog in your readers. And that you’ll still come by for a chat. If not, I understand – and I’ll likely see you over on the other critting sites.
As far as query help goes, agent sites are great but they'll take forever to get to your query, if they choose to crit it at all. Still, the query archives at the following sites are goldmines for learning about structure, what works/doesn’t work, etc.
For help getting your query tweaked once you’ve read and reread the archives above, go first to Evil Editor. Most of you found your way here through him, so I don’t need to elaborate on what a fabulous resource that site is -- from 900+ archived queries to just a few days turnaround for an awesome crit from Da Man Himself, as well as a cadre of minions who are quite astute in their own rights.
Once you’ve got a revision in hand, you can run it by any of the following workshopping sites. Add your other favorites in the comments and I’ll update on this post.
Nathan Bransford’s Forums
Agent Query Connect
And be sure to let me know when you’ve reached any milestones in your publishing careers: I’ll be happy to broadcast your success right here!
As I mentioned, I’ll still be posting. Tomorrow I’ll be talking about an exciting charity campaign that launches July 1. And over the weekend, I’ll come clean with monthly sales stats for June and more observations about what seems to work/not work in promoting and positioning.
Then I’ll work on getting the existing query crits tagged and archived better.
So, are you sitting on a query you’d like critted but haven’t submitted yet? There are still 4 more query slots to go before we reach 100 – and there are NONE in the queue! At this rate, it could be a very long time before I “officially” stop critting queries here :o) Will YOUR query be one of the final 4???