OK. Time to wrap-up the query letter discussion. Here are some useful links I’ve found related to queries. I’m sure there are others out there. Feel free to add your favorites in the comments section.
My regular go-to sites are QQ, Query Shark, and SlushPile Hell. Pub Rants isn’t usually about queries, which is why it’s a little lower down the list.
Miss Snark (No longer active, but well worth reading through. Just keep in mind some things do change over time and you can even see that her opinion on some things changed during the course of the blog.)
Pub Rants by Kristin Nelson (not all about queries, but she did have a nice series of posts where she went through queries from current clients and explained what she liked about them.)
BookEnds, LLC (Also no longer updated, but recommended at the conference)
New Leaf Literary (They’re also on Facebook. Haven’t checked them out, but they were recommended at the conference, too.)
The Rejecter (I have this one bookmarked, but haven’t dug into it too much yet.)
Evil Editor (People who love this site, REALLY love it. I was a little confused by how it all works, so have never really dug into it, but what I’ve seen has been helpful.)
Also, Absolute Write has a Query Letter Hell section where users post queries and get feedback. Worth poking around, but you have to join to get access to that portion of the forums.
Thanks for this! I think I missed the earlier part of your series but I’ll dig into it at some point. These are going to be super useful, I go on and off of actually making the time to look at things like Query Shark, but I know it’s good for me to do it. This is another boost in the right direction- thanks!
I know. It’s hard to keep up with all of it. And better to write than read all this stuff really. That is until the query stage…Ah! It’s like a full-time job or something.