October 3rd, 2008


letters from the query wars

# of queries read this week: 209
# of partials/manuscripts requested: 1
genre of partials/manuscripts requested: fantasy (alternate history)

We interupt our regular broadcast to bring you this important announcement from the war-torn front.

Last week, combatants were randomly surveyed to discover why they wanted to put themselves at risk out in the field (i.e. become published). Many claimed that they felt their writing would not be fully realized until it was shared with others and that a work was not complete until it had been read. Therefore, the need to become not just a writer but a published author. They vowed not to be put off by the fact that the odds may be stacked against them. Brave, brave fighters. My sincere respect to each and every one.

However, given those same odds, it is possible, even likely, that many of those who make the attempt will not succeed, despite persistence and faith (perhaps even despite talent). So, today, we ask our worthy correspondents.... if you could have your future told and know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you would never be published*, what would you do? And for those of you who have been published at least once, if you knew your work would never again gain a contract, what would you do?

We now return you to our regular programming.

*For the purposes of this transmission, self-publishing is exempt from the question.