I just joined YALITCHAT.org, actually I joined in last night but got my membership approved today. I’ve heard about it a couple of times through the grape vines over at AW’s Water Cooler. I finally decided to actually go over there and sign up last night, I’m not sure why it took me so long.
I’m pretty excited about this site, since I’d really like to know more people writing YAs. For whatever reason, most of those I know write adult, and while that’s nice it’s not the same as YA for obvious reasons.
Besides this news, I’m revamping my synopsis letter and doing one more check through my manuscript to make sure there aren’t any typos/grammar errors that I might have overlooked. Hopefully, in the next couple of weeks (ideally, before the end of July), I’ll be actively querying. One moment that prospect is exciting and the next it’s scary.
220+ queries later and I’m finally finished reading all of QueryShark’s archives (queryshark.blogspot.com). I was taking notes the entire time, weirdly enough I was hand writing them which I haven’t done since sophomore year in college. After I go a netbook, I started to type everything up.
The last time I checked, I had horribly handwriting but surprisingly enough I can read everything I wrote. I guess I probably write clearer when I don’t feel the pressure of time like I did in college.
Anyway, QueryShark was an amazing asset that I’m very glad I came across. Janet Reid is the agent that takes the time to update the blog to show writer’s what an agent thinks when she’s reading through a query. It’s amazing to me that she has the time to do that on top of being a popular and successful agent.
A third of the things that she pointed out was what I already considered common sense. How she had the patience to tell people time and time again not to add the agency’s address or your own to the top of an e-mail clear is beyond me. Or not to add the “TITLE is X words and a thriller/romance/whatever novel” part at the start of the query. But everything else was very enlightening and gave me a good checklist of what to do and what not to do in a query.