Friday, February 25, 2011

Writing Hint #8 - Ye Be Warned

Writing Hint #8 (Query Hint #5)

Today’s writing hint is really more of a warning.

There are an abundance of resources out there for aspiring writers. For instance, in my post about writing queries, I gave you several websites/blogs with great information to get you started on writing that query letter. I also told you that those sites where just the “tip of the iceberg” so to speak of valuable websites/blogs out there.

However – and this is a BIG however – make sure you research the sources you use.

Just as there are a lot of great, informative websites and blogs, there are also many that contain incorrect information. Following the wrong advice will get you nowhere fast, and it may end up ruining your chances of finding an agent.

Janet Reid, literary agent with FinePrint Literary Management, addresses this very issue in a blog post here. I would certainly recommend that you read it.

Information and advice is only as good as the source. As Janet Reid says, “Listen to the advice of people who do the actual reading and deciding about your query before you listen to anyone else.” (link)

You have been warned.


  1. There are great resouces out there for writers. I LOVE Query Tracker, and there are few agent blogs that are awesome as well.

    Research is essential for anyone subbing, whether to agents/publishers.

  2. Query Tracker is a GREAT source! I love their blog. There is a lot of valuable information on it. And there are several agent blogs that I absolutely love.

    You are right, anyone submitting their work needs to do *tons* of research.