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April Query Critique Giveaway

Continuing with my goal of giving back to the writing community every month in 2017 — in April I’m giving away 1 query critique to a winner — along with three critiques for them to gift to other writers!

Note: To be eligible to win, you must follow me on Twitter at the time of the drawing.

Good luck! And may the odds be ever in your favor.

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Query Critique Giveaway!

To help you all get your queries ready for the New Year, I’ll be doing a few query critique giveaways!

What do you have to do to enter? Simply enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.

Note: To enter and win, you must currently follow me on Twitter. If you aren’t a twitter follower when the prizes are picked, you will not be eligible to win.

If you don’t win this time, don’t worry. I’ll giveaway more query critiques in the future. Keep following me on twitter, or join my email list for updates!

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Query and Synopsis Critique Giveaway

Instead of continuing to giveaway critiques based off of social media follower counts, instead I’m going to try and do monthly critique giveaways.

So… the January giveaway starts NOW!

For this giveaway, you have a chance to win a Query + Synopsis critique (up to 10 pages for the synopsis). I’m also giving away a query critique. The first winner that rafflecopter selects will be able to choose which prize they want.

DETAILS…
To enter and win, you must currently follow me on Twitter. If you aren’t a twitter follower when the prizes are picked, you will not be eligible to win.

You do not have to claim your prize the day I announce the winner. If your query isn’t ready yet, you can save the critique for when you need it — OR you can give the critique to a friend.

GOOD LUCK!

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1000 Twitter Followers Celebration – Query/First-Five Critique Giveaway!

To celebrate reaching 1000 followers on Twitter, I’m giving away a query critique! If you win, I’ll also take a look at your first five pages.

To enter and win, you must currently follow me on Twitter.

If you don’t win this time, don’t worry. I’ll giveaway more query critiques in the future. Keep following me on Twitter, or join my email list for updates!

Thank you all for following me! Good luck 😀

Update: Since I’ve gotten over 100 entries, I will be picking TWO winners! Good luck everyone. 

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November Critique Giveaway

Continuing with my goal of giving back to the writing community every month in 2017, for November I am giving away a 30 page + query critique! There are no restrictions on who can claim this prize, all genres and markets are open.  (I’d be the most help for A or YA projects though)

Note: To be eligible to win, you must follow me on Twitter at the time of the drawing.

Good luck! And may the odds be ever in your favor.

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October Critique Giveaway

Continuing with my goal of giving back to the writing community every month in 2017, for October I am giving away a 30 page + query critique! There are no restrictions on who can claim this prize, all genres and markets are open.  (I’d be the most help for A or YA projects though)

Note: To be eligible to win, you must follow me on Twitter at the time of the drawing.

Good luck! And may the odds be ever in your favor.

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May Critique Giveaway!

Continuing with my goal of giving back to the writing community every month in 2017 — in May I’m giving away a 10 page critique, and a query critique!

Note: To be eligible to win, you must follow me on Twitter at the time of the drawing.

Good luck! And may the odds be ever in your favor.

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March Critique Giveaway

Prizes:

1 winner: Chapter Critique (up to 25 pages)

1 winner: A query + synopsis critique

1 winner: A query critique

 

While you’re here — maybe you should also sign up for email updates about my book — The Next Girl to Die 😉

Note: To be eligible to win, you must follow me on Twitter at the time of the drawing. Winners will be able to select their prize in the order they are drawn. Critiques CAN be gifted to other writers if you do not need the critique.

Good luck! And may the odds be ever in your favor.

 

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Querying Part 2: Building a Query – The Formula

While doing query critiques, I’ve noticed a bit of a theme — backstory. Because you’re so limited on space in a query, it’s important that every word you use is absolutely essential. If you’re including that your character broke their arm last summer, it needs to be clear why. Why is that important to the story? Why do I need to know that NOW, and not in the first chapter?

Your pages are for backstory

Your pages should cover all the backstory necessary for your character. Your query’s job is to explain your plot, and give the Agent or Publisher a hint at who your character is. If you have backstory in your query, chances are, you can cut it out, and no one will miss it.

So, what do I put in my query?

There’s an easy formula for deciding what belongs in your query.

Character + Conflict + Stakes.

That’s it. Character. Conflict. Stakes. That should give the agent a pretty good idea of what your story is about. Need more to go on than that?

Be sure that you answer these questions:

Who is your character? If you’re writing YA or MG, be sure to put in the age of the character.

What or who is your character up against? Why are they up against that person/thing? Why is it only they who can solve/fix it?

And finally, what happens if they don’t succeed? Does the world end? Do they die? Do they lose someone they love? The final sentence should sum up the stakes. Tell the reader why they should care.

If you can, include a great hook.

Additional information for your query

Be sure to include the word count of the MS. The genre(s) that your book fits in. (Be sure these are real existing genres, and not a genre you’re making up). And audience. Is your book YA, MG, Adult? The Agent will need to know the market.

About you

You don’t need to include that this is your first novel. DON’T say that you ‘completed your MS recently’, as it looks like you may not have edited it. You don’t need to include publishing history, if you don’t have one. And, more importantly, you don’t have to include any information about yourself if you don’t want to.

Need more query tips? My CP has some great tips on her blog!

Giveaway!

To celebrate reaching 1500 followers on my @deapoirierbooks Twitter account, I’m giving away a copy of one of my favorite books, and two critiques!

Prizes:

1 winner: A copy of Choke by Chuck Palahniuk

1 winner: A query + synopsis critique

1 winner: A query critique

Note: To be eligible to win, you must follow me on Twitter at the time of the drawing. For the book prize, the shipping for the prize is available to the US only. Winners will be able to select their prize in the order they are drawn. Critiques CAN be gifted to other writers if you do not need the critique.

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