Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Blogs Around Town

STATUS: I’m going to be on vacation next week so it’s a mad scramble to finish up projects, submissions, and all kinds of details before heading out. It makes today feel like a Wednesday.

What’s playing on the iPod right now? WICKED GAME by Chris Isaak

I’m not one to provide a ton of blog links as my entry and call it a day but today, I can’t resist a few before giving a query rant.

Bookseller chick (one of my favs to read) has the most hilarious story posted on her blog. Serious beverage alert.

My author Sherry Thomas has a purple prose confession to make—one that I had totally forgotten about until she sent me the link to her blog entry. Ah, writers, if you have sentence or a paragraph that is just your baby, maybe you should reconsider if your agent or editor mercilessly deletes it.

Also, my very good friend Karen Dionne and one of the original founders of Backspace asked me to do a shout out for their All Agents Conference that is happening in November 2006. It’s quite a line up and a good opportunity to meet more than 10 agents in person if you’re looking. Here’s the link.

But I saved the best for last. I was reading through my queries this morning and of course none of my blog readers would ever use a query service but here’s another reason why you shouldn’t.

The whole point of the query is the illusion of personalization. As agents, we all know that you write the main crux (as in the pitch blurb) once and then you simply tailor the opening paragraph to the agent you are targeting. Mix and match and email away. The point is to be professional enough (and savvy) to take the time to tailor the query letter so the agent knows he or she is not just some random target.

Not so when you use a query blaster service.

I love the email tag line included with the query that reads:

This query letter has been sent to you by Bookblaster E-Query Service (a division of Scriptblaster E-Query Service) on behalf of the writer. To contact the writer directly, please either click on the writer's email address in the body of the email, or use your reply button.

To contact Bookblaster E-Query Service, please email us at ….

I’m just not feeling the personal love. Besides, it was really obvious that the query letter was in some kind of form letter format. Most agents will just send out their NO blaster as a response.

Folks. Write your own query letters and send them yourself. Yes, I know it’s time consuming (and often frustrating), but it’s just part of the business of writing. You shouldn’t be query blasting your email to every agent on this e-query service list anyway.

I sure hope the writer didn’t pay for it. Oy.