I'm a big fan of query letters, and have had great success getting reads with them in the past. But it's been over a decade since I've queried any fiction, and I'm not sure I still have the magic touch.

Are there good places to go to get feedback on your queries --query clinics?


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Where to find critique for query letters?

Pitch wars (an annual event pairing aspiring fiction novelists with people in the industry) is imminent and this link leads to the 'middle grade query letter' message board for entrants and mentors (and anyone interested). There are other boards for young adult, adult, etc. The boards are quite actively critiquing queries for the next six days, when Pitch Wars begins. I'd suggest posting there under MG fiction--you'll get feedback whether you hope to enter Pitch wars or not.

This link leads to the Absolute Write query letter feedback board. I believe you need fifty posts before sharing your own work on Absolute Write. I am not certain. There's encouragement to give help to others toward reaching the 50-post mark. Middle grade is tough to write well, and there are people with MG fiction on the site. As a note of warning: You will never 'finish' a query on this link, the board is active enough that even a perfect query will continue to have critiques. But they also have a list of 'successful queries' that 'worked' to land agents.

There are likely other resources. Query Shark and Query Kombat are online resources, probably better feedback (professional) but any entrant is less likely to be selected (they pick a small percentage.).

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    Thanks! What great resources! I'm going to wait a day or so on the checkmark, but I'm definitely going to pursue Pitch Wars. Aug 22, 2018 at 16:04
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    I just entered Pitch Wars this morning. I've opened a chat room for anyone else who is joining it --are you participating this year? Aug 27, 2018 at 13:27

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