Query Critique Winners

August 11, 2015

It’s a…well, TBH, it’s a gloomy and humid Monday morning around these parts, but let’s pretend it’s more like this:


In keeping with such a GLORIOUS morning, Cat and I have a surprise! We have chosen, not two, but six winners! Each of us will critique three queries.

Yeah, I thought you’d like that. So, who? WHO? WHOOOOO?


I will be critiquing the following three entrants’ queries:

  • #5: Nicole. Small town girl deals with family issues. Meets new guy in town & crushes instantly. Chaos, comedy & misunderstanding ensues #WritePit #YA

  • #13: Becky Dean. To save her college hopes, an injured athlete competes for a scholarship in a literary-themed scavenger hunt across England #pitmad #ya

  • 29: Dave Clark. Ky lives in a safe world because Innocent Lives Matter. She broke a huge story, but a jealous friend proves life’s not perfect. #pitmad #A

  • And Cat will critique queries for these fine folks:

  • #10: Ali. In this Jazz Age #mystery, 11yo servant sleuth must find a painting’s owner and elude her snobby nemesis to beat a robbery rap. #MG #PitMad

  • #11: suewrite. Can Lizzie sing her way thru the trauma of waking in a land of unpredictable magic? Will her assumptions get new friends killed? #YA #pitmad

  • #16: Angela L. Salinna and her brothers encounter fantastic creatures and adventures as they travel to the Land of Myth to save their parents. #pitmad #mg

  • If you’re a winner, follow Cat or me on twitter. We’ll follow you back, and dm you the email addresses to which to send your queries!

  • But wait, there’s MOAR!


No, Oprah, not bees.


All 34 pitches in the comments will receive a critique!



Yes, really. It will take the rest of the week to get to them all, I’m thinking. I’m going to do them in batches, so be patient with me, and I promise not to do what a certain scary agent did once upon a time and eviscerate crit queries all night, only to stop at two a.m. IMMEDIATELY BEFORE MINE.


Congratulations, and best best best of luck in #PitchWars!

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