I’m going to take today’s blog post to direct you to a wonderful online resource in case any of y’all missed it.
Last week, I had a chance to take part in the WriteOnCon in two ways. I contributed a quick blog on writing queries and also took part in a delightful live panel on Tuesday with two editors and another agent.
I wanted to direct everyone there just because I found the people so delightful and was really impressed by the content, including posts from DGLM’s own Saundra Mitchell, Carrie Ryan, Nova Ren Suma, and Sara Zarr. Worth noting: I decided to alphabetize those authors so as not to appear to favor my own clients, but mine ended up coming first anyway!
In any case, lots of great stuff to check out over there. And since I wrote about how to write a great query letter and made quick note of how you obviously need to address your submission to the correct person, I’d like to offer a brief rundown of how the queries I received were addressed today:
Dear Mr. Maccarty, (close!)
“Dear James,” (not even my mother calls me James)
“Dear Sir/Madam,” (hedging your bets, don’t want to assume I prefer one over the other—I get it)
“Dear Sir,” (well, it’s an improvement)
“To whom it may concern,” (well, that’s definitely not me in this case)
“Dear Ms. Rennert,” (I’ll bet you a million dollars I know who else got queried)
And my personal favorite: “Dear Mr./Ms. Agent’s Last Name,”