- Nobody ever sold a novel on a query letter. (Yeah, I know somebody must have somewhere, but most of us don't get struck by lightning.)
- Since I could write a seductive query letter long before I could write a book worth reading, I always encourage people to obsess more about their manuscripts than their query letters.
- A query letter need not be perfect, only effective.
- However, in the process of crafting an effective query letter, we might hit on certain major deficiencies in your manuscript. For example, if we can't synthesize a good hook, it might mean you do not have good hook for us to synthesize.
- Eventual success on any level not guaranteed.
Okay, that said, a query letter is important. I hereby offer a snark-free e-mail consultation. You must have a query letter already written for me to critique--I won't write it from scratch. I don't need to read your manuscript or even a partial to help you, but chances are I will need you to fill out a questionnaire after I'm done reading your query letter to help me hone in on the set-up and the conflict.
If you only have half a book, but want to enter in the hope that you might be able to use a consultation later, that's fine with me. Just be aware that right now I have a bit of time, later I might be on deadline again.
Notice: I don't go easy on my critiques. Sometimes it's important to hear that you are doing fine. Other times it's more important to get it right.
This contest runs until March 25.
Totally unrelated but have to share: I just got an awesome review from The Romance Reader, one of the most venerable romance review sites around. I think my jaw is still bouncing around on my kitchen floor somewhere. Get this, Camden, my male protagonist from Private Arrangements is said to rank "right up there with Jamie Fraser as a hero for the ages." I don't know about you, but for me that was a "Holy @#$%!" moment. Jamie Fraser? Holy @#$%!
ETA: Let me know in the comments if you are interested in the query consultation. One