Friday, December 2, 2011

The Maid's Here & She's Biting Her Nails


She looks just like me!


So normally you wouldn’t be hearing from me until Monday, but I have a few items I need to take care of, and I won’t be posting again until Wednesday, December 7th, which, as the first Wednesday of the month, is reserved for Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group. 

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So I’ve done something crazy:  I gave my new query to Matthew MacNish at the Quintessentially Questionable Query Experiment.  He posted it yesterday, December 1st, and critiqued it today.  You might be wondering why I would put myself through that.  Well, I participated in a query blogfest last July, but the query that blogfest produced garnered not a single request, so obviously I needed to revise it.  I came up with a formula for a new one and sent the new query to literary agent Suzie Townsend last month.  She offered a critique as a form of celebration for her recent move to Nancy Coffey’s agency.  For one hour on November 1st, she accepted all queries via email with a specific subject line.  Then she spent a couple of weeks critiquing those lucky few.  I was one of them, and she gave me some great feedback.  That revised query is now up for  critique on Matthew’s blog.  I have further revised my query after reading Matthew's comments and those of his followers.  You can find that version here on my blog under the tab marked The Query.  And feel free to comment.  I can only improve with feedback.
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On December 16th, Nicole Ducleroir,  Lydia Kang, D L Hammons, and Katie Mills are hosting the Déjà Vu Blogfest, which gives participants the chance to resubmit their best posts for the benefit of all those who might have missed it the first time around.  After all, it’s easy to miss some awesome posts when you’re away or simply unable to keep up.  Joining this bloghop will instantly connect you to many others who are interested in your writing.  So go to Nicole’s site and sign up using the convenient Mr. Linky’s Magical Widget.  104 bloggers have signed up so far.  Don’t miss out on meeting some fantastic new bloggers and the chance to gain a few new followers of your own. 
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And lastly, Murees Dupe at Daily Drama of an Aspiring Writer has bestowed the Liebster Award on me.  And while I have received this award a few times, I never miss the opportunity to spread the word and introduce a few bloggers with less than 200 followers.  So go visit these wonderful folks and follow:

1.                    The hilariously cheeky Al Penwasser
2.                    My best friend and talented cohort Lisa L. Regan
3.                    The brilliant and insightful, Lora Rivera
4.                    The always fun and kind Carrie Butler
5.                    The brave and compassionate Julius Cicero

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That’s it for now.  I’ll be back on Wednesday for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.



28 comments:

L.G.Smith said...

Congrats on the award and kudos for sticking your query neck out there. That's not always an easy thing to do.

Donna K. Weaver said...

I'm doing the Deja Vu Blogfest, too. What fun!

I'm so heading over to Matt's. He suggested I could submit mine, too, but I'm such a coward. It's for an adventure romance, and I'm scared of genre bias and ridicule.

JeffO said...

I looked at your query. Great job, Nancy. It worked on me!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations on the award and thanks so much for plugging the IWSG. Read Matthew's critique this morning - think he really had some good ideas.

Laila Knight said...

Congrats on your award! I'm going to check out your query over at Matthew's. He is really so good at it. :) I'll have to put him to the test when the time comes.

Jennifer Hillier said...

Query writing is so hard to do! You're brave to put it out there for critique. You have such a great attitude.

Have an awesome weekend!

Jessie Humphries said...

So brave of you! I hope really good things come of it. I cant wait to check it out. And I didnt know Suzie switched agencies...

Al Penwasser said...

Thanks very much, Nancy! I'm usually only cheeky when I drop my drawers (then, I'm also comically horrifying).

Joylene said...

Good for you for posting your query. I'm off to check it out. Congrats on the award. The life of a writer is fascinating. Happy weekend, Nancy.

Carrie Butler said...

Congratulations on the award, Nancy, and thank you for the shout-out! I really appreciate it! :)

Look at you! Being all brave and posting your query. It looks like you've received some great feedback over at Matthew's blog. I just know you're on the right path. I swear, any day now, you'll be posting your success story. :D

The Golden Eagle said...

Just read your query and commented over at Matthew's blog. :)

Congratulations on the award!

Joylene said...

Even though Mat found some fault with it, your original, hooked me. I'd definitely pick up this book and read it. Nice job, Nancy!

Melodie Wright said...

I'll check head over to Matthew's next to check out your Q. Wasn't Suzie great to go thru almost 700 queries. She has my admiration. As do you, for your bravery. :)

And thanks for pointing me to the Deja Vu fest!

Lydia Kang said...

Ooh, you'll get some great feedback from Matthew. He's awesome. Thanks so much for giving a shout-out on the Deja Vu blogfest!

Empty Nest Insider said...

Congrats on your award! I also admire your bravery in posting your query which I look forward to reading. The Deju Vu blogfest does sound like fun. Thanks for the reminder. Julie

Lisa L. Regan said...

I'm so excited about your new query, I wish I was an agent so I could snatch you right up! It's awesome. I think this is it! Your time is coming soon!

Elliot MacLeod-Michael said...

Congratulations on the award. I'm not really hip to this stuff. I suppose I'm kind of aloof as a blogger.
+followed

richard p hughes said...

Hi Nancy,
I've given you an award on my blog.
Richard

Lynda R Young said...

congrats on the award and yay for the query. I wish I were more brave to do something similar.

The Desert Rocks said...

Good luck with everything Nancy, you sound swamped and with the holidays everything gets crazy. Good luck with the queries and Happy Holidays!

Madeleine said...

All the best with your busy schedule. Groovy pic. Congrats on the award too.

Peggy Eddleman said...

I think that getting your query to as many different critiquers as possible is the best method. And you've got some really great critiquers! Congrats!! Congrats on the Liebster, too.

Julie Musil said...

Ooooh! I'm sure how much I can help, but I'll hop over to Matt's :D

Matthew MacNish said...

Thanks so much for sharing your query with me, Nancy. It take a lot of courage to go under the microscope like that, but we all benefit from it. I'm off to take a look at your new version.

Creepy Query Girl said...

congrats on your award and Matthew's query workshop is the BEST!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Nancy, just to let you know I gave you an award today.

M Pax said...

Will go check out Matt's site then, Nancy. Yea, for you for having the guts.

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

Like everyone else who commented, I am impressed that you submitted your query for review and so that everyone else could learn from it. Queries can be so tough to write.
And, of course, congratulations on the award!