Friday, August 30, 2013

Query Con and a little promo for a friend

School's in Session at UnicornBell

I am one of the moderators at UnicornBell, a writer’s critique site. 

Last year we held a contest called School’s in Session, or Query Con. Editors judged the final products.

N.W. Harris participated with his query for Joshua's Tree. He received a contract and is now a published author. And *drum roll* came in first in the GoodReads 2013 Summer Reads. 
Well folks, we are doing it again. Query Con or School's in Session, 2013.

We currently have three judges ready to roll up their sleeves:

The plan:

  • First week: Posts about building a successful query.
  • Second week: A week of feedback on submissions
  • Third week: Queries for finished/polished manuscripts only.

  • Week One: The Man Who Needs No Hyperlink (but here it is anyway), Alex J. Cavanaugh, our Ninja Captain, will give us insight into his career as writer and musician. 
  • Week Two: Anyone can submit their query for review.
  • Week Three: Only queries (20) for completed manuscripts, please. Our judges will give their opinion on what works for them and why. They may even ask for more pages.
We are capping the total completed/polished queries at 20 for our judges. 




And this released yesterday from my friend and crit partner, Carol aka Huntress aka CD Coffelt. She's my fellow UB moderator and the founder. I'm pretty psyched for her :)

Have a fabulous weekend - next week I have something fun planned for Labor Day, first impressions on Wednesday and Friday, and the week after I'll tell you what I thought of Elyssium.



  1. Very excited for Carol!! Got my copy.
    Sounds like an awesome few weeks at Unicorn Bell.
    And Man Who Needs no Hyperlink - thanks for starting that, Madman Mark! (Appreciate that you gave me one anyway.)

  2. Thanks for sharing about the query contest. I'll post on Facebook.

    And congrats to Carol!

  3. Looking forward to what you think of Elysium!

  4. sounds like you will busy with work!

  5. Thank you times three, Marcy. We've ridden this roller coaster together. Your turn is next.

    Now, to commit a little larceny:

    You are and shall always be my friend.

  6. Ohhhh, nice book cover. My manuscript is in the rough stages so I'll have to sit out the querying. :)

  7. What a great thing to offer query critiques and a contest. I'll be tuning in.

    Have a great weekend. And congrats to CD Coffelt. Stunning cover. :)

  8. Cool cover, CD! And good luck. Query contest sounds exciting. Have a good weekend,Marcy.

  9. Cool cover, CD! And good luck. Query contest sounds exciting. Have a good weekend,Marcy.

  10. Nice query critique opportunity! Love that cover!

  11. Awesome news and congrats to Carol!

    Have you Tweeted and Facebooked about the query contest? Because I'm just a click away from retweeting and sharing. :D

  12. That's great news about Joshua's Tree, and the new query intensive at Unicorn Bell sounds awesome. I know you'll help a lot of people. Congrats to CD for her new book! :-)

  13. Great opportunity! And congrats to CD! Have a lovely long weekend. :)

  14. Deep breath... September. Yikes. I'm already in a cold sweat. Too much to do. So little time...

  15. Looking forward to attending school.


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