Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Wednesday Weekly Query Critique Giveaway

Based on the huge response I had to the Query Critiques for All event during my "agent signing" celebration, I've decided to try out a new weekly feature. I've had multiple people contact me via Twitter or email who said they didn't have their query ready for the giveaway, but would love to have another chance, so here you go. For now, I'll call it the Wednesday Weekly Query Critique Giveaway but feel free to suggest a cooler name in the comments.

Why I'm Doing It:
1) Strange as it sounds, I love writing queries. Also, I've had enough feedback to know that I'm decent at it and can hopefully help others.

2) I want to provide a service to the "introvert" queriers out there who don't want their queries on a public forum. There are already several great sites where you can have your query critiqued publicly. Agent Janet Reid does an amazing job over at Query Shark. Seriously, it's a must read for potential queriers out there. On the writer front, the awesome Matthew MacNish over at QQQE does great critiques and gets a lot of community feedback as well. I highly recommend both sites for writers.

This giveaway is for people more comfortable with private critiques for whatever reason. I've done critiques for people who considered themselves "newbies" and weren't ready for a huge spotlight on them, as well as for someone who was seeking a new agent but didn't want to scream it to the world.

All writers face public scrutiny at some point, e.g. after their book is published, analysis of their twitter feed, etc. This is just an option to help writers get stronger before making that leap.

REMINDERS: Please read my prior post on Query Tips before entering. Also, as mentioned in my giveaway, I tend to be very direct and picky, but my goal is to get your query in the best shape possible. Finally, the query is only the first step--make sure the entire book is as good as the query before you hit "Send."

Just leave a comment telling me you'd like to be entered in the giveaway and give your email address, using (at) and (com) as follows so the spam bots don't find you. NOTE: I think my comments problem on the blog is fixed, but please email me if there's an issue at kristi (at) kristihelvig (dot) com.

I will use a random number generator to pick one person who will receive a query critique through email. NOTE: If your query involves space monkeys, I might make an exception and do an extra critique!


  1. ayeshaschroeder(at)gmail(com) Thanks for the opportunity!

  2. lehmankt(at)yahoo(com) Thank you so much for the opportunity! Sorry - no space monkeys in mine. ;)
    - Kimberly

  3. This would be a big help!


  4. Oh, I love this, Kristi!

    rainy (at) rainyofthedark (dot) com

  5. This is awesome Kristi, such a relief.


  6. Please to be helping my query. It's the saddest.

    annemariewrites (at) gmail

  7. Please enter me.
    belle5678 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  8. Yes please! Love this idea, you're a legend. Hopefully this response just gets me in, scraping over that line before the time limit expires and the space monkeys descend to teach me about punctuality...

    danhanks (at) bigpond (dot) com

  9. gaelicfairie(at) gmail (dot) com