Write On

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,”

5 Responses to Write On

  1. Re: the Dear Sir/Madam. You clearly don’t have enough facial hair in your profile picture. Bigger beard!

  2. Jennifer Schubert says:

    Any of those a deal-breaker for you, Ms. Rennert? :)

  3. I took part in WriteOnCon and yes, it’s an invaluable resource. Thanks so much for giving us your time.

  4. Bethany Neal says:

    Oh man, those must get you through the day with laughs. What else can you do, right?

  5. Thanks for the links!

    I’ve got a few templates I work from for work emails, and I am always so paranoid I’m going to forget to customize them each time. I’ll be so mortified if I ever do this with a query, although I suppose it would give me an easy excuse for a rejection. “So-and-so WOULD have requested my manuscript if I’d put his name in right…”

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