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Sunday, August 12, 2012

School's In Query Contest Schedule

Are you excited? We are! It's finally time to start our August Query Extravaganza with our School's In Query Contest.

This first week is a mini conference of sorts devoted to the query letter. What it is, why you need one, how to write one, examples of bad queries, and even some examples of queries that have garnished some full requests/deals for us.

There will be multiple posts per day, and we don't want you to miss any of it. You can also follow the Twitter Hashtag #QuerySchoolsIn to see each new posting.

Here's the schedule:

Monday, August 13th
5:00 AM   The Purpose of a Query and How to Write One
9:00 AM   Stalking/Researching Agents
1:00 PM   Interview with Donna O'Brien
5:00 PM   Bad Query Example

Tuesday, August 14th
5:00 AM   Guest Blogger Matthew MacNish of QQQE

9:00 AM   Researching Small Publishers
1:00 PM   Interview with Amy Lichtenhan
5:00 PM   Queries that Worked

Wednesday, August 15th
5:00 AM   Our Editor's Query Pet Peeves

9:00 AM   Submission Guidelines are Your Friend
1:00 PM   Interview with Andrew Buckley
5:00 PM   Bad Query Example

Thursday, August 16th
5:00 AM   Great Places to Read and Get Feedback on Queries

9:00 AM   Formatting E and Paper Queries
1:00 PM   Interview with Krystal Wade
5:00 PM   Queries that Worked

Friday, August 17th
5:00 AM   Queries that Worked
9:00 AM   Bad Query Example
1:00 PM   Interview with Nancy Bell
5:00 PM   Queries that Worked

Monday, August 20th
I'll post the information you need to submit your queries for critique to Unicorn Bell. All queries will go up on Tuesday and stay up for the week for comments.

Sunday, August 26th
I'll post the rules for submitting your COMPLETED and polished manuscript for our agent judging to unicornbellsubmission@gmail.com.

Out of respect for our judge's time, we are only accepting the first 20 entries received  AFTER I post the guidelines (The post will go live at 2PM EST in the US).


Rachel Schieffelbein said...

This sounds great! Thanks for posting the schedule. :)

Huntress said...

Holy Cannoli, I'm bouncing in my computer chair like a kid. I hope the hydraulics hold out.

Charity Bradford said...

You're welcome! Hope you enjoy the week.

mshatch said...

wow, this looks awesome - even though I already knew about it!

Lara Schiffbauer said...

I see several posts I'll need to drop in for. Thanks so much for a schedule!

Sherry Ellis said...

Looks like a great schedule! I'll certainly stop by throughout the week. Thank you!

Charity Bradford said...

Good to know the schedule was a good idea. Tomorrow I'll post it in the sidebar and add links as the posts go live.

Aldrea Alien said...

2PM EST? That's a 5AM Monday wakeup for me.

Ah well, at least I'll be able to cruise the posts at a leisurely pace. Some great things going on there.

Ink in the Book said...

I'm looking forward to absorbing as much much as possible in the next few weeks. At my age and I'm going back to school? what have I gotten myself into????
Excited to learn about queries and how to write them. This is for sure my weakest area of writing.

Aldrea Alien said...

My weakest area is the synopsis. The keeping it short and coherent part.

Tara Tyler said...

wow! what a schedule! good luck all!

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