Query Workshop

  • By: Jessica Faust | Date: Feb 15 2011

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 blog@bookends-inc.com and put “query workshop” in the subject line. All queries submitted to that address without that subject line will be deleted.

Happy workshopping!


43 responses to “Query Workshop”

  1. Cool! I love query workshops.

  2. Avatar Rosemary says:

    That's cuz you ace them, Josin. (The one you did for Query Shark was a gem!)

  3. Avatar Kat says:

    You just continue to prove how totally classy and helpful you are. Thank you πŸ˜€

  4. This is fabulous! Thanks for the opportunity AND online 'course' πŸ˜‰

  5. Avatar Turbo says:

    Will you accept queries here for genres not considered by BookEnds?

  6. Avatar Perri says:

    Thanks so much! This is such a generous thing to do.

  7. Avatar Phil says:

    Brilliant! Totally agree with @Kat above – a classier form of altruism I never did see. Thank you, and I've already submitted my query!

  8. Avatar Matthew Rush says:

    Cool, looking forward to seeing your thoughts!

  9. Things like this are so helpful even to those who don't submit. Thank you!

  10. Avatar Anna says:

    I can't wait to read the critiques. Thank you!!!

  11. Thanks for doing a query workshop! The similar exercises you've done in the past were so helpful. Looking forward to this!

  12. Avatar Anonymous says:

    Wow! This is so generous. Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity.


  13. Anyone who accuses agents of being heartless and lazy should be ashamed after seeing this sort of thing!

  14. Avatar Alwyn says:

    Coolness! I'm excited for this. One quick question, can we submit more than one query if we have more than one Work in Progress?

  15. Avatar Stephsco says:

    Very cool. I don't think I'll be submitting one just yet, but I am very interested to read what a good query looks like.

  16. This is so generous of you. Thank you.

    I'm petrified, but sending it anyway.

  17. Woo hoo! I've been sweating over my query for quite a while. Thanks!

  18. Avatar cttiger says:

    I'm throwing my hat in the ring. Can't hurt and a critique would be fantastic!

  19. Avatar Cynthia Lee says:

    Great Idea! I love these.

  20. SWEEEEET!! Thanks so much for doing this. Everyone learns!!

  21. Avatar Kaleen says:

    Thank you for this opportunity!

  22. Avatar Cat says:

    Thank you for the generous offer. I am sure, we will learn a lot even if someone else's query is chosen.

  23. Ahhh! I wish I was ready to query. This would be an awesome opportunity. Must continue to write and revise so I can participate next time.

  24. Avatar dan says:

    This is awesome. Thanks so much for doing it!

  25. Yay! This is so awesome, Jessica. Thank you!


  26. Thank you so much for hosting this workshop! Can't wait to see what tips you'll have to offer…especially if mine is picked!

  27. Great! Getting feedback from critique partners is always useful, but hearing from agents is even better!

    Thanks for doing this!

  28. Avatar Tom Bradley says:

    Thank you for the opportunity.

  29. Avatar Erica B says:

    Looking forward to submitting. Thank you for the opportunity!

  30. Avatar Anna Zagar says:

    This is fantastic and very generous!

  31. Avatar Meg Dillon says:

    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.

  32. Avatar AmyJo says:

    A very generous offer, thank you!

  33. Avatar Angie Cox says:

    Just sent mine, hoping for some help. Starting to get a little down even though I have only recieved 8 no's.

  34. Angie–I'm right there with ya. I've only heard back from 4 (all'no's')which made my feet freeze. I ceased sending out queries (at around a count of 13) so that I can regroup.

  35. Avatar Jack LaBloom says:

    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.

  36. Thanks so much for doing this! I was getting ready to send a query letter already, nails bitten to the quick! This will help tremendously!

  37. Avatar Jamie says:

    Fantastic! Thanks so much for investing this extra time just to help us all out πŸ™‚ It is appreciated, just in case you couldn't tell from all of the previous comments πŸ˜‰

  38. Avatar Melissa (ATX) says:

    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. πŸ™‚

  39. Avatar ilovearhooly says:

    Where can we read the queries that are chosen?

  40. Avatar Mesmer7 says:

    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?

  41. Avatar Justin Sloan says:

    Thank you – can we submit more than one?

  42. […] Thanks to all of your contributions, Workshop Wednesday has been a success. We’re going to continue on with it for as long as we have entries and the energy to comment on them. If you haven’t yet submitted but are still interested, don’t be afraid to participate as per the guidelines in our original post. […]

  43. […] By repeated request we’ve started Workshop Wednesday. It will definitely play out through 2011, and beyond that we’ll just have to see. We’ve received well over 200 queries at this point, but we are choosing at random, so don’t be afraid to participate as per the guidelines in our original post. […]