It’s a new year, and you have a shiny new manuscript in hand along with a lot of hopes and dreams about what’s in store for it. For most writers that means sending our query letters to agents and/or publishers, or entering Sun vs. Snow or one of the many other online writing contests scheduled to occur throughout the year.

Whatever the case may be, if you’re like me, you have a fairly high degree of insecurity about whether your query letter is as strong as it needs to be.  Maybe you need other eyes on it, but don’t know where to go. That’s why I decided to host the Winter Query Critique Blog Hop.

Here’s how it works:

First, post your query letter – minus contact info and bio – on your blog.

Next, click on the link below (where it says “Mister Linky”). You’ll be taken to a separate web page where you need to add your name and the URL of the post with your query. Your name will be added as a clickable link to the list of participants. The form will say you need to enter a comment – it’s not required, but go ahead and comment if you like, especially if you’ve got a question.

After that, visit the blogs of the five people immediately above and below you on the list and critique their queries in the comments section of their post. I’m planning to keep the blog hop open through Friday, January 22.

This is all done on the honor system – nobody’s going to hunt you down if you only critique seven or eight queries. But please keep in mind that like most things in life, you’ll get out of this what you put into it. People who critique more queries will often end up with their letters receiving more critiques as well.

Because this is a blog, I’m not able to post the scripts that would allow you to see a nice, neat list of the links here on this page. After you sign up, the form should display the entire list of participants, or you can just click here for Query Critique participants.

Now, play nice, and remember what Bill & Ted always say:



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