Shannon Stacey

Query omissions

There’s a scary version of PBW running amok today. Especially frightening at 7:30 am.


It’s all Selah’s fault. She ran into an agent at a conference and…

One thing she strongly suggested was that an author not put anything in her blog that she wouldn’t put in a cover letter to an editor, or a brochure advertising her work.

Huh. And…oops.

Well, here’s a few things I’ve said on my blog that I neglected to include in my last query letter:

1. Damn! Did an all-you-can-eat dairy bar move in next to you or what? — (3/30/05)

2. The cellblock was never quiet, but Tiny liked it that way. He cracked his swollen, oft-broken knuckles and bared his crooked, blackened teeth. Nobody would hear the new Yankee boy cry… — (4/7/05)

3. Everytime I start to nod off, and therefore forget to exhale only through my nose, a little orange or black face plasters itself to mine, sniffing away. And the constant nudging–ugh! — (3/16/05)

4. …I need to make it more than a rub and a grunt, so I toil on, trying to get in touch with my inner masturbating masculine side. — (1/3/05)

5. It’s a monkey thing. — (2/22/05)

4 comments to “Query omissions”

  1. Anna Lucia
      · September 15th, 2005 at 11:28 am · Link

    Oh good grief. Surely we credit agents and editors with the intelligence to recognise that the ability to behave in a professional manner is not the same as being projecting a professional manner 24/7.

    I know I do.

    A blog is NOT the same as a newsletter, or a purely promotional tool. It’s more than that, isn’t it?

  2. Dee
      · September 15th, 2005 at 11:41 am · Link

    God, I hope it is. And seriously, Editors and agents DO have senses of humor and humanity. They know we gotta do SOMEthing while we wait for responses.

    LOL–Shannon, seriously, masterbating masculine side?? LOL!:lmao: You’re gonna hurt people with lines like that, lol!


  3. Charlene T
      · September 15th, 2005 at 12:43 pm · Link

    Wow. If I didn’t put anything in my blog that I wouldn’t put in a query letter, I’d have about four entries for the last year. Following this advice, there wouldn’t be any author blogs.

    I want the real PBW back. PCW is scary! :baby:

  4. Kate
      · September 16th, 2005 at 8:13 am · Link

    yikes, even when I’m summer I don’t write about a cock and three pussies (today’s entry)

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