Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Winner and Check out my newest query!

The winner of a signed copy of the Half Life of Planets, signed by estimable co-author Brendan Halpin is

Samantha Sotto-Yambao

Samantha, send an email to insectwriter(at)gmail(dot)com with your address, and I will get this great book out to you.

And, after being selected for a super-awesome-query-honing-marathon-session by Susan Dennard, the polished query for my new manuscript is up on her blog.

Visit the link here, and let me know what you think!


  1. I don't have anything to add to the critiques you've already received on your query, but I just have to say: holy hell, this book sounds awesome, and how have I not heard more? Did you finish this before or after The Insect Collector?

  2. Thx Sophia-- I've been keeping quiet about it-- this comes after the Insect Collector. I started it around Feb of this year, I think.

  3. Congrats! Susan Dennard is a darling, and so super smart. I'll head over right now to read your query!

  4. Whoa, KO--your query is SO good! Did I already say that I want to read more of this story? The parts I read were absolutely awesome.

  5. great Megan-

    Thanks so much Pam-- I'd love to have you read it-- and I'm hoping to beta for both you and Quita soon!

  6. I really like your query. It's well-thought out and has a great voice.

  7. Oh, WOW!!! Thanks!!!! Will email you now :D But first - off to read your query!

  8. Back from reading your query - LOVED it! I think THIRST is a very unique and compelling story. I think your voice really came through. My only teeny tiny comment would be to think about whether there is an opportunity to edit out some plot details so that we get to the main conflict sooner. Overall, it was great!

  9. Christa and Samantha- thanks so much!
    Samantha, you are totally right. I had a few comments that it was more synopsis-y than like a query, and I've taken those to heart.
    Looking forward to your email!


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