8 Responses to “#queryfail”

  1. shelli March 5, 2009 at 9:59 PM #

    SO GLAD I FOUND ANOTHER FUN BLOG mommy plus editor equals great reading 🙂

  2. nkkingston March 6, 2009 at 3:58 AM #

    You think I’d have enough self-preservation not to go reading queryfail when I’ve submitted to you in the last week myself. Apparantly not! ::flees twitter::

    I can’t believe how many queries you (and everyone else in publishing, it seems) get that can’t even master the basics. Do you know what kind of proportions you get of not-worth-touching-the-partial/decently-written-query-but-rejection/acceptance?

  3. Amy March 6, 2009 at 9:19 AM #

    OMG I thought query fail rocked. I was already following you, but I started following Colleen’s cause she was just as funny.

    I mean if a writer does his/her research and follow the guidelines it’s pretty straightforward.

    Can’t wait for the next #queryfail.

  4. Lori March 6, 2009 at 12:29 PM #

    Queryfail is sort of making my head hurt because of the amount of WTF so I’m going to concentrate on the C25K.

    There’s no reason why you can’t repeat a week if you don’t feel ready to move forward. Especially at the beginning when your body is adjusting there are just going to be times when you feel sort of crappy. It’s much better to repeat a week here & there than get either frustrated enough to quit or hurt enough not to be able to continue.

  5. Lesley March 6, 2009 at 4:24 PM #

    QueryFail sounds kinda frightening…

    Just wait until you get to (I believe it was) week 6, where suddenly you’re doing 20 minutes! i didn’t think there was anyway in heck I could do it, but you are prepared for it by then. I’ve never been so proud of myself! Like even after surviving pitocin induced childbirth with no drugs I wasn’t that proud.

  6. Karin March 6, 2009 at 5:09 PM #

    Queryfail made me laugh and cringe at the same time.

  7. Louisa Edwards March 6, 2009 at 5:48 PM #

    Some were so funny, in such a sad way. I mean, queries aren’t necessarily a cake walk, but they’re hardly rocket science either. Most of the queryfail mistakes were pretty obvious and avoidable.

  8. Julie Weathers March 7, 2009 at 12:01 PM #

    The best thing about queryfail was it really did boil down to three points, do your homework and know what agent wants, follow instructions and be professional. The gems about what wins we very nice.

    I think most writers should have come away feeling better because they knew the real competition is rare and there really are times a project just isn’t right for an agent or editor.

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