Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Three Questions For Query Writers

Thank heavens for fresh eyes, because mine don't know what they're looking at.  After a few attempts at a query I've been directed to answer three questions that ought to help anyone attempting to write one of these godawful things.  As yet, I have only looked at them with the vaguest of answers in mind.
There's more here, but it boils down to this:

  1. What does your protagonist want?
  2. What does s/he have to do to get it?
  3. What happens if s/he fails to get what she wants? (the stakes)

3 comments:

Amy Saia said...

Queries are rough, aren't they? I see from a post below that you have it in AW. That's the best place to go. They will help you chisel that query down to perfection. Don't worry about how many times you need to post it or change it, let them help and you'll get it right.

Matt said...

Thanks Amy. I just posted version three using these questions. If you have a chance, check it out.

Patti said...

You make it sound so easy. If only.