Hello fellow writers, minions, super villains.
Thanks for stopping by. As a former acquisitions editor for Curiosity Quills Press, I saw a lot of queries. Some good. Some bad. Some horrifically ugly, covered in slime and ooze, brandishing knives, and shooting turds. (Okay, I was just doing that to stay in the spirit of Halloween--or something.)
One of the biggest flaws I observed was wordiness. Not spelling--because we ALL spell things wrong. Not because you didn't follow our submission guidelines--which is my second biggest peeve. The biggest flaw is WORDINESS!
Well, acquisitions editors read non-stop! If you want to capture the attention of an editor, you need to do it immediately. Write clear, concise sentences. Punchy lines that build tension are my favorite. I usually tell people to imagine a trailer for a movie. If that movie was about your book, what would it say? Television doesn't allow you to be wordy--that would be too expensive, and viewers would allow their ADD to get the better of them and leave the room. So, treat your acquisitions editor as if she/he has a severe case of ADD.
That's all the advice I have for you today!
This is a blog hop, and you can still participate!
For the Minions: You are hereby commanded to post your query for slaughter on or shortly after 10/8. Then through the course of the week, visit the sites of the other minions to attack their queries (aka give helpful and respectful critique they can use to improve their submission). You are also commanded to visit the sites of the super villains for tips on how to make your query more likely to frighten editors into doing your bidding.
Remember minions, this week is purely to help you improve your query and will not be part of the judging for the contest. You may edit your query based on feedback and re-post throughout the week if you wish.
Sharon Bayliss - The Dark Side (you know you want to come over)
James Wymore - Dark Brain, master of hypnosis, seeking Darkling minions
Court Young - The House of Gaunt (pure bloods only)
Dawna Raver - The Mystical Masters
Thea Gregory - The Zombie Culinary Institute
Krystal Wade - Frankenstein's Laboratory
The Criminal Masterminds
Is this the first you're hearing about the contest? Learn more here. New minions are welcome to join until 10/21.
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