I’ve been visiting the first round of entries for the Son Of A Pitch pitching contest.
Cheers to you for throwing your hat into the proverbial ring and putting your work online. Allowing others to see your writing is a huge step. (I once heard the comparison that allowing someone to see your writing is akin to dancing naked on a tabletop in public :).
Week 2 starts Feb 22, 2016:This week, published authors will give you feedback. The Son of a Pitch team, who are all published, will post your emailed in queries and 250 words on their blogs. Please use the formatting above and email to:email@example.comIncorrectly formatted emails will be kicked off the island. The team will vote for their favorites to go onto the final round. They will cast five votes each, anywhere they want, and the top 20 will go onto the next round. Feel free to coax judges your direction however you want! But please, only you and the judges can comment on your entry, or the comments can get confusing for tallying votes at the end. Votes will close on Thursday 11:59 p.m. MST. To stalk the hosts/voting authors, click Here.The first fifty entries will go into this round. So get your clickers ready to email at precisely 10 a.m. MST on Friday Feb 19th.But don’t be discouraged! You will get good feedback to help you even if you don’t make the top twenty. So please go and query elsewhere afterward, and let us know your success story so it can be shared on the blog.
I thought I’d throw out a short list of resources that may help :
AgentQuery – This site has great information about formatting your query. (It also has information about various agents and what they represent.)
Writer’s Digest – Successful queries, how-to lists, and do’s and don’ts.
Galley Cat – a running list of successful queries in a variety of genres.
Nathan Bransford – Helpful tips on formatting, examples of good queries, and links to other resources.
http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2013/4-easy-steps-to-an-irresistable-book-blurb (This is my personal favorite. Great for query writing too!!)
Best of luck!