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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Query Critique Week is Back!

Remember last year's query critique week? Well, it's back...I'll be critiquing query letters on my blog next week. I've written hundreds of queries, and edited hundreds of others for freelancers, and I know what works.

Want personalized feedback on one of your pitches? Here's how to play:

1. Send your nonfiction query to kelly at by Monday, April 18, 2011. Make sure you put "Query Critique Week" in the subject line.

2. Cross your fingers and hope that your query gets picked to be critiqued here on my blog. (I'll only be able to choose a few.)

3. Tune in next week!

That's it! For a look at the queries from last year's query critique week and my feedback on them, check out these posts:

Fitness pitch

Swiss chard pitch

Street harassment pitch

Memoir pitch

Declutter pitch

By the way, if you wrote one of these queries last year, please let me know what happened with it!

**All of my books on freelancing include plenty of templates to save your time--and help you sell more of your writing.


  1. Hi Kelly,
    I love this query review stuff.
    I wrote the swiss chard query and you can read that story on page 54 of the Jan/Feb 2011 issue of Urban Farm Magazine. They didn't put it online...rats.

  2. Hey, that's great, Carol! Thanks for letting me (and us) know! :)

  3. Hey Kelly,

    Well, my idea and your critique were solid but I didn't manage to pitch it to the right people/at the right time. Marie Clarie has a street harassment feature running in their May issue and Women's Health may have a piece on it soon. Neither by me :( So it goes.

    Cheers! brittany

  4. Don't give up, Brittany--it's a great idea and a well-written query. Look for some other markets for it, and keep me posted. :)