Query Your Day Contest day 2!

July 30, 2009 | Karin's Blog | 10 comments

C’mon goils and boys, hone those query chops of yours!  Post a query in the comment section!

As for moi?  I am completely buried with work.  I’ll pop up later to make sure y’all are behaving, but unless there is blood or broken bones and you can’t dial 911 or drive yourself to the hospital, please do not disturb. Mad writer is working furiously on her Opus!  (this does not mean I don’t love you all, you know I do, but, Must. Write.  For. Food.)




  1. Edie

    Karin, I still don’t have time to write a query. I don’t even have time to write today! I’m lucky to have gotten through my email. 😯

  2. Patricia Barraclough

    After being in our “Dream Home” for 17 years, I am wondering when this renovation project will be done. My poor husband is even more dispirited. It is a nice victorian farmhouse that just needed a little (OK, a lot of) TLC. It was more work and money than either of us ever imagined. We have been playing “musical rooms” and “lets move the boxes” for so long, it seems normal. Today I look at it and realize the house really is a mess. Doesn’t matter where I start, it is hopeless. Boxes of books everywhere. What I need, is to be locked in the house for a week with no distractions and just dig. I might make a small dent then.
    I grab a quick breakfast, reading while I eat. Hop into my car and head for work listening to a book on CD. At work I look around and heave a sigh. I work at a library. There are 6 more boxes of donated books waiting for me to sort and move. I was able to convince them we needed a bigger children’s area a few months ago. So I was given the storeroom/workroom to convert. My husband finished building the bookshelves, I got most of the books sorted and moved. Problem – everything that was in that area got shoved into my old office and my new office. Now I spend my days trying to be the children’s librarian, sorting through boxes, and playing “lets move the boxes.”
    In 8 hours, I get to drive home listening to my book on CD. When I get there, I’ll open the door and have boxes of stuff, mainly books waiting for me to go through and move.
    Tomorrow morning will be the same.

  3. Jody

    Thanks to those who have shared their stories….but it’s getting lonely in here. I’m having flashbacks to the ONE and only time in my life that I made an attempt to host a party.

    Nobody showed up.


    I needed years to get over that – and I’ve never attempted anything remotely social since. Don’t make me relapse. I’ll be sending all of you the bill for my therapy!

  4. Laurie K

    Jodi we wouldn’t want that to happen – especially with Karin in her cave and not responding unless you were dying or some such tragedy.

    BTW – I had a party like that myself – Okay 2 people showed – late, but still

  5. Jill James

    My Roots are Showing by Jill James is a hilarious romantic comedy of 75,000 words of the trials and tribulations and expense of looking beautiful. Jill knows she is spending way too much money on herself but she can’t seem to stop after all the years of doing without so the kids had stuff. Now is her time and screw the rest of the family. Will she discover she is worth it? Will her family have to live on Hamburger Helper as she spends all the money on mani/pedis and hair salon trips?

  6. Liz Kreger

    Trying to get a short done and ready to sub. On top of that, am in the midst of ripping out my home office to renovate … I feel your pain, Patricia (and you win hands down). Am concentrating on queries for next week when bossman and bosswoman are gone.

  7. LaDonna

    Karin and Jody, I gotta say, I’m allergic to queries, but didn’t want to miss the PARTY! 😎

    Living in The Middle of Fifty by moi, LaDonna Paulette, is a women’s fiction set on the back roads of TN. I usually spend my days writing, and there’s always an adventure or two around the corner. Take today for instance, I’m dog sitting my two granddogs for the weekend. Fending off fluffy Emma, a Maltepoo with an attitude, who also happens to be the World Ankle Biter Cup Champion, surely wakes a gal up in the morning! Trust me, going with the flow will get me where I want to go faster and better; like a snazzy red car with the top down.

    After a day of Emma running, man that sassy dog has some energy, I settle with my trusty laptop and Coke. The dogs are tucked in for the night, my ankles are starting to return to their normal size from that ankle bitter, and tomorrow is another day! Trust me, Scarlett O’Hara had it easy I figure. Where the hell is Rhett when you need him, or Mamie for cripe’s sake? I could sure use a mint-julip or two, and a Rhett backrub in the mix. Might stir the creativity a little, and I could write a sequel! 😎

  8. Jody

    I knew you could do it!
    It’s been interesting for me to discover how many writers have an aversion to the whole query process – it SEEMS like it would be easy after the feat of putting together an entire novel, but I am apparently quite wrong.

  9. B.E. Sanderson

    Heh. Long long ago, and about eight blocks away, I thought queries would be easy, too. They do get less hard as you go, but they’re still a bear. I think part of the reason is all the angst of trying to cram all the genius of your 100K word book into 2-3 super-sparky paragraphs.

  10. Edie

    Just have time to read the queries. Fun! Jody, I had a party like that, too. Good to know I’m not the only one.

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