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On queries

 The following bit of wisdom from The Biggest Mistakes Writers Make When Querying Literary Agents by J. M. Tohline via jongibbs ' weekly "Interesting Blog Posts About Writing - w/e January 7th 2011" entry:

Says agent Amy Boggs, "The bulk of a query should consist of 1) the main character, 2) what happens to complicate their life, 3) what goals they now have in response to that complication, and 4) the main obstacle between them and their goal. That is the cake of the query; everything else is just frosting and sprinkles."







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frigg
Jan. 8th, 2011 11:54 am (UTC)
*nods*

For Danish queries that tends to be a given, since they prefer not to receive more than 6-7 lines describing what the novel is about. There's just not space for anything else. Subplots and secondary characters, apart from maybe the antagonist? Forget it. :p
mnfaure
Jan. 8th, 2011 09:40 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it helped for me to see the advice put another way. I think K Nelson's advice about using the Inciting Incident is good, but this talk of goals is interesting, too. I'm hoping it can help me get some story stuff figured out.
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mnfaure
Jan. 8th, 2011 09:38 pm (UTC)
I love when I'm pertinent, but weirdly pertinent takes the cake. ;)
jongibbs
Jan. 8th, 2011 02:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link. It's much appreciated :)
mnfaure
Jan. 8th, 2011 09:38 pm (UTC)
My pleasure. :)
rabiagale
Jan. 8th, 2011 03:29 pm (UTC)
You thinking of querying? :)
mnfaure
Jan. 8th, 2011 09:40 pm (UTC)
Someday, my friend, someday....
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mnfaure
Jan. 8th, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC)
I actually wrote a query this week!

Most excellent, even if it was the fruit of procrastination. :P

As for my own writing, still too little time to put words down, but I have been mulling. I feel that my number of active and viable brain cells is down quite a bit, but mulling I am. Hopefully, I'll have time for actual writing soon.
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