Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Enter the BAD Query Contest #bestbadquery

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There are lots of query contests out there looking for GOOD queries, but I'm offering something different. On June 10th, I'll be looking for the worst of the worst.

Here is how it will work:

1) On June 10th, write the worst query you can and post it on your blog.

2) Hop around to the other blogs and take in all the horribleness.

3) On 6/10-6/13, visit www.sharonbayliss.com to vote for your favorite BAD query.

The query with the most votes will win a $25 Amazon gift card and the glory of knowing you're the worst of the worst.

The idea is to write a fictional query highlighting bad query qualities, not to showcase actual bad queries! The contest is an opportunity to have fun, make each other laugh, and get all the bad query writing out of our system. Anyone who pokes fun at an actual author or book will be disqualified.

Sign up here!


Here are some bad query writing tips to get you started:

http://www.camarshall.com/2010/01/10-common-query-mistakes.html
http://www.jmtohline.com/2010/12/biggest-mistakes-writers-make-when.html
http://www.rachellegardner.com/query-mistakes/
http://writersrelief.com/blog/2009/10/top-query-letter-mistakes-avoid-these-amateur-errors/
http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2013/06/seven-agents-talk-about-most-common.html
http://www.freelancewriting.com/articles/query-letters-publishers-dont-want-to-read.php


6 comments:

  1. I'm good at coming up with bad ideas. lol

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  2. I love this! I'm going to start crafting mine now...

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  3. I saw that on someone else's blog. I'm thinking about it, as I could write a really bad query.

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  4. This sounds like so much fun! I'll have to see if I can come up with anything. :)

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  5. Just posted mine! Whoo hoo, that was painful.

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  6. OMG Here something real -

    http://unicornbell.blogspot.com/2014/06/query-critique-beacon.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+UnicornBell+%28Unicorn+Bell%29

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