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