Friday, September 3, 2010

Mining the WriteOnCon Query Archive

Free-form Friday

Among the many events during the recent WriteOnCon, agent Joanna Volpe of Nancy Coffey Literary participated in a "mega query critique contest." Because the whole convention took place online, all the queries submitted to the contest are there for anyone who has a membership to view.

I found it fascinating to read the roughly 200 queries posted there. The set includes a fairly complete cross-section of query do's and don't's. Things that may seem clever when you're working on your query quickly become tiresome after you see thirty variations on the same theme.

If you want an overview, Joanna critiqued three queries with issues and gave prizes (10-20 page critiques) to three queries. Here are the links:

If you'd like to study the submitted queries, you'll need to go to this WriteOnCon forum. If you haven't done so, you'll need to register (see the instructions here).

I recommend taking a look. I learned a lot.

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