Several weeks ago, I sent my query to a site called ‘QueryShark.’ The premise is that literary agent, Janet Reid, will select a query and post it. She then comments on it herself and allows others to also make comments. Today I received an email from Janet Reid saying that my query had been posted. I was so excited I could hardly contain myself, for two reasons – 1) she specifically stated that it could be up 120 days for a query to be posted after submission and 2) only a small portion of the queries she receives are posted. That being said — I got over my excitement REALLY fast when I started reading her critique. Let me just give you the first sentence of her response. “I’m voting for both of them to die in a wolverine attack.”
Now the happy part is that when I do a revision, I can send it back to QueryShark and have it chewed up and spit back at me…AGAIN.
Okay, I’m being facetious. The reality is that while it does sting, she did give good advice. And I think in the publishing world, one really is swimming with the sharks. If I can’t take the tough comments now…imagine what it would be like to have something published and read the reviews….that’s why they are called ‘critics.’
So bring it on, QueryShark! I’m not ready to pack up my toys and go home yet!