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by Quill
March 21st, 2010, 1:08 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Guidelines for Posting Queries
Replies: 39
Views: 57231

Re: Guidelines for Posting Queries or Excerpts From Your Work

I notice many query thread originators edit their opening posts after they have been replied to. I think this is okay if the edit consists ONLY of a notice to see revised sample further down in the thread. Unfortunately instead many threads have had the original query removed and replaced by a revis...
by Quill
March 20th, 2010, 3:08 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Editing as you go: really that bad?
Replies: 24
Views: 3980

Re: Editing as you go: really that bad?

I don't see how anyone can polish as they go, but that's just me. People do it. For one, I didn't know where my story was going, despite my attempts to outline ahead, so many of those perfect paragraphs later went out the window, a waste of time. For two, it slowed my momentum for getting the story ...
by Quill
March 20th, 2010, 12:06 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Revision number six
Replies: 31
Views: 5849

Re: Query has been revised. Please comment.

Erica75 wrote:I think most of Quill's advice was good, but half of the suggestions were that you were too vague and half were that you were too specific and I don't think that worked out very well.
Where did I suggest he was too specific?
by Quill
March 19th, 2010, 8:08 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query: Aussie needs international feedback
Replies: 28
Views: 5014

Re: Query: Aussie needs international feedback

Hi Quill and Ellie G Your comments are exactly why I decided to test my query here. First, Quill, it seems you want a synopsis rather than a query. From other posts in this forum, and other forums, there is a lot of discussion about Show versus Tell. Have more-or-less decided a Query is Show wherea...
by Quill
March 19th, 2010, 11:19 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query: Aussie needs international feedback
Replies: 28
Views: 5014

Re: Query: Aussie needs international feedback

UPDATE - HERE IS VERSION 6.5 - the latest and with huge thanks to Forum members PLEASE SKIP OVER EARLIER VERSIONS Dear [Agent Name], I chose to submit to you because of your tastes in literary fiction and suspense, and because your blog is a consistent source of information and a pleasure to read. ...
by Quill
March 18th, 2010, 8:33 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query WARRIOR-MONKS
Replies: 13
Views: 2261

Re: Query WARRIOR-MONKS

I tried boiling it down: Fifteen year old Lee Ruccio is a juvenile delinquent. His aunt and uncle send him to a special reform school in the Idaho wilderness. Through esoteric disciplines he learns to harness the energy the Chinese know as Chi. The School Master asks that he investigate a nearby sil...
by Quill
March 18th, 2010, 7:04 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query Formatting
Replies: 6
Views: 1026

Re: Query Formatting

There is no synopsis in a query. Instead there is setting, hook, and conflict, in one paragraph, usually. The purpose of the query is not to tell the story, it is simply to get an agent to request more. The query contains your pitch. A synopsis is altogether different. The reasons for your rejection...
by Quill
March 17th, 2010, 9:47 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Revision number six
Replies: 31
Views: 5849

Re: I don't know if I am on the right track... Please Comment.

Below is my actual Query Letter. I have visited many sites that have example letters and advice but I am not confident that my letter is catching the right kind of attention. Any advice or comments would be appreciated. Dear Agent: Hello. I’m looking for an agent to represent my book, Greeting not ...