I've figured out something about myself:
I'm a harsh critic. Vicious. Simon Cowell-ish.
My comments on other people's writing hurt, because I tell them the truth, rather than giving them a bland and insincere "It's great." Only a few people actually get praise from me on their manuscripts.
"Why?" you might ask.
Well, if I don't tell them the truth, they'll waste their time querying agents with a manuscript that's not ready. I know how that feels; I've done it myself.
So, today I'm offering a free ego-mauling. Post your "query letter" book description to this thread before 7am EST Friday.
But don't put in any personal info like your mailing address, because there may be tin-foil-hat-wearing nut-jobs reading this right now. And I might not even be related to some of them.
I'll post brutally honest critiques of the the queries right here in the comments section (limited to the first 10 responders, if it comes to that).
The bad news is: I have high standards.
The good news is: If you meet these high standards, you know that you're really good. And if you don't, I'll tell you why not, so you can fix it.
I'll pick someone from the pack, based on the query, and offer that person a critique of their first 10 pages. Look for the announcement of the winner in Friday's post.
So, it's a cruel world, and I'm offering to make it personal. Anyone up for the mauling?