I’ve just barely begun to explain my progress on this new blog, but I’ve got to interrupt regularly scheduled blog posts to bring you… Queryday.
First, what’s a query? It’s a one-page letter to a literary agent, asking that s/he represent you and your project. If an agent likes your query, she’ll ask to see your book proposal, which hopefully leads to an offer of representation.
The query, then, is rather important. It’s an agent’s first glimpse at your proposed book and a chance for her to reject or claim you after reading just a few paragraphs about you and your project.
Lots of agents and writers have blogged and even published books about how to write the perfect query. But today on Twitter, agents are participating in something they call Queryday. They’ll use the popular social networking service’s 140-character phrases (tweets) to explain what worked and what didn’t work in the queries they’ve recently received.
Created by literary agent Colleen Lindsay, who posts rules here on her blog, Queryday was initially called Queryfail, and it caused a huge uproar in the publishing Twitter-sphere. Many writers who observed the online conversation hoping to understand what makes agents reach out to wannabe authors or toss their query in the trash complained it was too harsh, that agents were crossing the line by making fun of author hopefuls. For the record, agents did not reveal the names of the writers they mocked.
So Lindsay changed the name from queryfail to queryday, hoping for a more educational session that would offend fewer readers (though her goal was always education). Regardless of what it’s called, I’ll be there — well, reading online from my home office — ready to learn.
So check it out! And while you’re at it, connect with me on Twitter. Username: alexisgrant.