However, in the interest of providing a community service, and to give our blog more grist for the mill, we are offering a challenge, or just a fun time for all you unpublished authors out there who have not yet been able to figure out why you can’t get your books published by a traditional publisher. Or maybe you just haven’t worked up the courage yet to ignore the ‘no unsolicited manuscripts’ warning most publishers post, and just send the darn thing, hoping someone will take pity on you and publish your book. Or perhaps you’re hoping to self-publish and haven’t yet worked up the courage to go through with that somewhat daunting process. Whatever the case, we are offering to give a free critical analysis of your query packet. Here is our challenge to you...
Send us your tired, your poor, your hungry... (No, wait, that’s from the Statue of Liberty inscription, isn’t it?) Never mind that. Dust off that FINISHED MANUSCRIPT and send us your would-be / could-be query. No obligation, no strings attached – except a disclaimer agreement to allow us to critique your query on our blog. We will post your query letter and synopsis in whole or in part, plus our take on your 25 pages, giving you detailed advice regarding how we think you might improve your work and your query approach.
We get plenty of queries to keep us out of the bars at night. And we do provide a critique privately for most queries we receive, but we also figured that a public critique might benefit writers out there who are having a hard time figuring out how to make their query packets (and their manuscripts) the best they can be. We hope to do one of these every week on our blog, and we invite you to participate by sending us your query packet (for finished manuscripts only) to our general email address...
Please send the following via email:
SUBJECT LINE: Dust-off Challenge
QUERY LETTER: Include in body of email and tell us in your best words why we should publish your book. Don’t ramble, make your query letter short and sweet, no more than two regular pages if on 8.5x11 paper. Tell us the following:
- Your name (and pseudonym if applicable)
- Your email address
- Your real address
- Your phone number
- Your book title
- The genre of your book
- The number of electronic words of your book
- A brief description of your self-marketing plans, including URLs to your web site, Facebook page, Twitter profile, etc.
- List any relevant previous publishing/writing experience or education or professional affiliation.
- DON’T FORGET to include a statement of permission for us to use your first name and writing query packet in part or in whole on our blog.
ATTACHMENTS: As an attachment to the email please include the following in one file either WORD or OPEN OFFICE or RTF...
- A two-page synopsis of your story including major characters, major story arcs, and ending
- The first 25 pages of your novel or first chapter as close to 25 pages as you can get