QueryDay… and a Q4U
Okay, now that we’ve all had sufficient time to totally deconstruct QueryFail and AgentFail (and hopefully recover), I wanted to let you know that today is QueryDay on Twitter… and yes, I’m participating.
Why, oh why, would I do such a thing?
Well, here’s why. In the interest of grace, and second chances, and the reality that we all need a do-over sometimes, I’m joining with my fellow agents in this chance to get it right. We love engaging with writers (which is why many of us blog). We want to give you the best chance to impress us with your queries. So, we’re trying this again. Last time it was “QueryFail” but we’re 86-ing the negativity and simply calling it QueryDay. We’ll post tips, along with things we like and dislike in queries. We’ll also be answering as many questions as possible, in 140 characters or fewer.
I can’t be sure how this is going to go and I can’t promise all the participants will follow the rules (which Colleen Lindsey posted here). I personally will not engage in snark or cruelty. I will not make fun of writers. In most cases, I will not reference specific queries; but if I do, I won’t include any information that could identify the writer or their project.
Just so you know, I’m not going to be hanging out on Twitter all day. I’ve been going through queries the last few days and I’ve already written down most of my tweets. However, if you want to Tweet me a question, just use @RachelleGardner in the Tweet, and I’ll get it right away and answer.
And now for today’s question. Lately I’ve been noticing that the Internet is overflowing with information from publishing types. And sometimes I wonder if at some point, we’ve said just about all there is to say. I’ve tossed around the idea of stopping my blog; but then I quickly argue with myself… I don’t want to stop the blog because it’s such an integral part of my day, my work life, my relationships with writers, and my ability to stay in touch with what’s going on in the general consciousness.
So I was wondering… should I branch out in the subjects I discuss on the blog? Are there areas I haven’t covered that you want to know about? Do you have questions that nobody seems to be discussing? Maybe there are even some topics that aren’t specifically about publishing but somehow related. I want to continue the blog, and I don’t want to keep rehashing the same topics. Any ideas for me?
Post them in the comments. And don’t forget to ask a question on Twitter today if you want.
Have a great weekend!
Rachelle Gardner, Christian literary agent, WordServe Literary Group, Colorado.