Maybe this has always been true, but as I was reading Romance Writers Report, the RWA monthly publication, I noticed that Avon is seeking new authors and accepts unagented queries. According to its new submission guidelines, any romance or women’s fiction author can submit a query by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The word “QUERY” should be put in the subject line and the query should be brief, no more than a two-page description of the book. No chapters or synopsis at this time. A response is promised in one or two weeks! Zoinks that is a quick turn around.
I have been debating for a month or so about starting a new Saturday feature for DearAuthor. At Fangs, Fur, & Fey, a large (almost too large in my opinion as it is hard to keep track of everyone now) fantasy author community, the members posted their queries, pointing out what worked and what didn’t work. It was very interesting reading. I thought it might be fun for authors with new books coming out to share their queries, to show what caught an agent/editor’s eye, and for aspiring authors to anonymously submit their queries to be commented upon by the readership.
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
Let me know your thoughts.