spotlight: aq connect


Agent Query Connect is a website billed as “the internet’s most interactive social networking community for the publishing industry”.  I don’t know for a fact that it’s the MOST interactive blah blah…but it is very helpful indeed.  And best of all, IT’S FREE.

My favorite groups:

AQ Connect – Query Critique Corner- when you put your query up here people from all over will swoop in to give you advice.  Some of it is very helpful and some of it requires a thick skin.  But if you didn’t have a thick skin you wouldn’t be putting your writing out for all to see…right?  Take it with a grain of salt.  Use what sounds right for you and matches what the helpful literary agents say they want in a query.  Remember, some of the people commenting are just as novice as you, so don’t take everything to heart.  (Oh, and paste your query into the body of your discussion.  Many people don’t want to open attachments for obvious reasons.)

First Page Critique – Put your first page up and see how many people would like to keep reading.

First Chapter(s) Critique - Same as above, only you have slightly longer to hook a reader.

The five most popular groups:

AQ Connect – Query Critique Corner

First Page Critique

AQ Connect – Agent Updates

First Chapter(s) Critique

AQ Connect – New Member Shout-Out!

I spent quite a bit of time last week on AQ Connect polishing my query which was so covered in soot, it was really hard to know it was a query at all.  In other words, I learned a whole heckuva lot about query writing.  This is not to say that I’m an expert or that I can’t learn any more.  I’ve lived long enough to know that you never know everything about even one subject.  More on queries later this week…

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2 Responses to “spotlight: aq connect”

  1. jmartinlibrarian Says:

    Good post. For me, AQ has been such a great place for learning. It’s heartening to travel along the road and meet the people who have trod before and the new folks just taking the first few steps. I’ve learned so many great editing tips from some of the posters. And now I have some great new Twitter friends!

  2. Jen Says:


    You gave me such a great idea about my next post. What are the editing tips that you’ve learned? You could put them in bullet format, and they don’t have to be long reasons, just what the most important tips are (ranking order is always good as well). Maybe throw in a personal anecdote for fun! Of course, this implies that you have the time to do such a thing. Just a thought. Let me know! :) If you don’t have time to get a ranking list together, just send me a short listing of your fav. tips and I’ll collect info from other writers.

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