I debated doing this. It’s a lot of work and I wasn’t sure I really wanted to jump into the critique pool. But I’m running out of things to talk about and I have received requests.
So here goes. I’m offering to critique query letters. I will do so on this blog so if you’re submitting be prepared for some brutal critique. I will be honest and I will be brutally honest and I can not promise how other readers will respond (although usually they are kind).
Here are the guidelines:
1. Address query to the Query Queen (not to be confused with the Shark)
2. Send only those queries you would send to agents when actually querying editors.
No rough drafts allowed.
3. Review the query guidelines on our website so you know exactly what your query should contain.
4. The email subject should say, “Query Critique”
5. Include this phrase at the top of your letter, “I agree that the material in this email can be posted and critiqued on the BookEnds Literary Agency blog. I give permission for it to be archived for the life of the blog.”
6. Submitting your query is no guarantee it will be used and I will not notify you if I do decide to use it. I would suggest you subscribe to the blog if you want to ensure you don’t miss your critique.
7. Subscribe to the blog anyway. A critique on your query will be beneficial, but we learn more from reading what is said about other queries, and critiquing them ourselves, then we ever will from our own.
8. Query critiques can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org