Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Going for Broke, Query Style

If you're a conference person, check this out.

I wanted to do some conferences this year, and had some ideas. I even wrote up the time off requests and put the conference fees into my personal budget (yes, I'm a nerd. It's in right now). Then I read that post at Janet Reid's blog, and I started looking into this whole Backspace thing. Turns out, it sounds pretty awesome, so I'm doing it. My first trip to the big enormous apple! :)

So, why not enter the Shark's contest?

Tell me if I'm crazy, please. I spent quite a bit of time looking over the 'for the win' queries on Query Shark and noticed that some of them nail it by breaking all the rules. Could I do it? Could I pull off clever?

I agonized over it, put together what I'm calling my 'go for broke' query, and mailed it out for the contest. Was I happy with it? Sure. But yikes! Should I regret it? What if I didn't pull it off? --biting fingernails, pacing room, pep talking myself in the vanity miror--

Now, will I send that query to Shelli's contest at Market My Words? No, no, and no some more, but that doesn't mean I'm not a little excited about going for broke. It was the step out of my comfort zone that I needed before diving back into querying Outta the Bag (and reading through it again).

Have you ever gone for broke, query style? Did it work out? Are you doing any conferences this year? Backspace maybe? :)

For extra fun, don't forget about the FLY TO 500 contest. Also, The Golden Eagle was super awesome and made me a button for the Cheetah. I'll put it on the sidebar shortly, but wanted to share now!

And last, the most awesome animal video...wait for it...ever! Are you the sexy dancer, the crazy hopper, or the wallflower in the background? Love it!



Christopher S. Ledbetter said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog. Means a lot coming from a Market My Words Pitch Contest top ten percenter. ;-)

Happy Writing

Marie Rearden said...

Thanks for the kind words, Chris! Glad to have you at the Cheetah.


Alleged Author said...

I think it's great for someone to critique a query. Always helps to have an extra set of eyes. Good luck!

Colene Murphy said...

Awesome new button! Good luck with your query!!!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I ended up putting a line in my query that I didn't want to include because I felt it told too much. As soon as I did that, the requests came flying in.

Good luck with your query. :D