WriteOnCon is over and I have to say I enjoyed every minute that I attended this first annual online conference. My keen interest was the subject of query letters and took notes. I'll mention a couple of things that stood out to me. I learned so much about agents and what happens on the receiving end of query writing. Kate Testerman gave a lot of great information but when she said that she received 6000 queries in one year and only signed one new client, my jaw dropped. When asked which client that was she said look for the debut novel of Veronica Roth's Divergent. She could not put the manuscript down to eat or shower. That's the kind of book she's looking for.
Natalie M. Fisher agreed to give query critiques and received over eighty from conference attendees. As she went through them we all received a reality check as well as some spontaneous belly laughs. A couple of the things she covered were: if they were too long, she didn't read them at all and if they hinted at a "tired plot" she wasn't interested, the plot had to be unique especially in romance queries. And when someone had used a word from the novel without explanation, she said "Never write your query as if I'm already supposed to know what things are." There were several things she did like and one of those was reading the tone of the heroine in the query letter, she said it was a snarky voice and she immediately liked her.
So back to Query Writing 101 for me.
On my post about Synopses one of the comments from Jayne mentioned to make sure and include in my list to reveal the ending of the novel. I knew that but failed to mention it, so consider it number eight. Thanks, Jayne.