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Query Saturdays: Call for Submissions

So I think it was last week that I brought up the idea of having Query Saturday where potential authors could send in a query for the readers to look over. Alot of people thought it was a good idea.

Dear Author's Query Machine

  • I like it and would submit an anonymous query. (72%, 81 Votes)
  • Don't care, but seriously, do you have any original ideas of your own. (Jane: No, not really.) (17%, 19 Votes)
  • I don't like it because it just gives you mean girls an opportunity to crush the hopes and dreams of aspiring writers. (12%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 113

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So we now dedicate Saturday to be Query Saturday and it’s a first come first serve sort of thing. You can send your query to jane at All queries will be posted anonymously. You can send either from a fake address or you can send it from your general mailbox and I’ll keep your identity confidential.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Kathryn S
    Jan 05, 2008 @ 12:25:04

    So, is it alright if authors read the queries and give feedback?

    I approached my first query letter (which I no longer have) like a letter of introduction. It’s really hard for me to puff myself up (honestly!) so the hardest part was making my book sound like something an editor would really want to see. What if it failed to meet expectations? Anyway, the first paragraph was a little about myself and why I was writing to them. The second paragraph was all about the book — short and packed with a lot about the conflict and the relationship. The third paragraph was about my writing experience, background, etc. Other people have much more exciting templates, but I think the most important part of any letter is to get across the central conflict and romance of the book.

    And kudos to everyone who submits! I’m not sure I’d ever be brave enough to do so — even after having 14 books published! lol.

  2. Jane
    Jan 05, 2008 @ 15:24:09

    I think that would be great Ms. Smith, but of course we would view you as a “reader” too. Right?

  3. Ciar Cullen
    Jan 05, 2008 @ 17:12:01

    Why does it always tell me I’ve already voted? It’s like some web-based MPD thing. I wonder if I voted the same way before. I wouldn’t try it because I don’t want my precious ideas stolen. Yeah, right.

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