Shenandoah Writers: Query Symposium

I’m a bit behind with my Shenandoah Writers monthly meeting post, but that’s because we decided to take a break from reading Brian Kiteley’s The 3 A.M. Epiphany: Uncommon Writing Exercises that Transform Your Fiction at the March 2 meeting.

We got to talking about the query process and decided we’d do what we’re calling a “query symposium” at the April 6 meeting.

Attendees will bring examples of queries we’ve written—for both novels and publications—as well as our own areas of expertise (in terms of what has/hasn’t worked), and we’ll go over every last sentence.  I’d also like to see everyone bring in books about/ links to their favorite query resources.


If you can’t make it to the meeting because either you’re busy or, y’know, you live in England or Rhode Island or something, I’d still like to have you get involved.  This discussion is open to anyone out there who wants to be a part of it.

Therefore, if any of you out there in the blogosphere have something you’d like to contribute—either as something to be critiqued, a favorite source for all things query-related, or a piece of querying advice from your own personal experiences—please shoot me an e-mail.  **Ooh—queries that worked out for you would be good—again, for both manuscripts and articles.**

I will likely compile my notes from the IRL query symposium right here on the blog so my readers as well as Shenandoah Writers & Shenandoah Writers Online will have a great place to turn during the query process.

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