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Query Workshop

I’ve had numerous requests for another query contest, something we haven’t done in quite a long time. Since these contests typically take time and a lot of work on our part, I’ve been trying to come up with a way to host them that gives you the guidance you seek without creating too much more work for us.

So here’s how it works:

1. Each week (as long as we have time that week) we will post a fully critiqued query on our blog.

2. Queries will be picked at random from those submitted to us on the blog (address below). We will pick those that are good, bad, and ugly to give you an idea not only of what an agent’s in-box looks like, but also to really help you all learn what it takes to write a strong query. If your query isn’t picked, don’t take it personally. We simply ran out of time.

3. No queries submitted to the workshop will be considered queries submitted for consideration. In other words, if you want to query BookEnds, follow our submission guidelines. If you want your query workshopped, follow the workshop guidelines. If you want to submit to both, go right ahead.

4. All authors submitting their query to the query workshop are giving BookEnds permission to post the query, in its entirety, to our blog for critique. We will delete all personal information (name and contact information) if you haven’t already.

5. To be considered for the workshop, you should email your query to [email protected] and put “query workshop” in the subject line. All queries submitted to that address without that subject line will be deleted.

Happy workshopping!


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  1. Appreciate it guys. Can't wait to see what you guys say in regards to my query. I absolutely am thankful for your time and help.

  2. As long as you don't let Riggins critique mine, consider me good for your Query Workshop. I don't believe Riggins has every read a single thing I've sent him. Your other agents are great. I look forward to their comments.

  3. Fantastic! Thanks so much for investing this extra time just to help us all out 🙂 It is appreciated, just in case you couldn't tell from all of the previous comments 😉

  4. A friend directed me to your blogs, and I'm so glad she did, as I've found it one of the more helpful tools to guide me through the submission process. The dreaded query letter is one hurdle I (personally) cannot seem to leap. I so look forward to this workshop, regardless if mine makes it out of the gate. 🙂

  5. Hey, question about the workshop. You say an author should only send a query to an agent after they've polished the manuscript. But for the workshop, can we submit queries for a novel that we're still writing?

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