Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Query Lab #4 - April Giveaway Open

Query Lab #4 Giveaway
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In case you missed it, The Query Lab is a new feature on my blog. After getting through the query trenches myself I wanted to give back to the writing community!

When the giveaway runs, I'll open up a submissions window for those interested in receiving a Query & 1st 10 page critique from me. When the sub window closes, I'll randomly select winners and a runner up!

4 Winners will receive a private Query & 1st 10 page critique/consultation from me.

1 Runner-Up will receive a Query-only Critique from me that will be publicly posted on this blog.

      { What does a public crit from me look like? 
                            Click here to see! }

I'm most experienced with YA and MG, as that's what I write. However, I can definitely help with other age categories as well. The only thing I wouldn't be a good fit for is erotica (sorry!!)

{ For more info on The Query Lab, please see the original information post here!
   And check out my Calendar of other opportunities for query critiques.}

The Query Lab #DVPit & #pitdark Edition

Query + 1st 10 Page Critique Giveaway


Also! Note that next month's theme will be #PitMad manuscripts,

check back here in May for that
announcement and entry window!

How to Enter:

  • Meet the Monthly Focus Criteria:  
    Each month, I will focus on a particular type of submission. This will limit the types of authors and/or manuscripts that are eligible to enter each month. I decided to do this so that my query critiques will be of maximum help to writers preparing for upcoming contests that have a particular genre or focus!

    April Focus:  #DVPit & #pitdark Edition

  • Comment on this Post before 11:59pm, April 18th: Please leave a comment on this post with the following:
    • "Enter Me!"
    •  A way for me to contact you if you win
       (If you aren't signed in with your Google ID, maybe leave a Twitter handle or blog address, OR check back here when the contest closes to see if you've won)
    •  Note if you are willing to be a Runner-Up
       (Runners-Up will receive a PUBLIC query critique from me, posted on this blog
        Want to see what that looks like? Check out a Previous Critique here.)
  • Check out my past Query Advice:
    Okay, so technically you don't 
    have to do this before you enter. BUT I do highly recommend you browse my query tips and apply those that seem relevant before subbing ... because why enter to "win" advice from me that I'm already giving away to everyone??  ;oD

    You'll get better, more tailored tips from me if you're already applying some of the things I mention in the posts below! 
     (keep in mind all queries/stories are different so your mileage may vary with some of the advice)

Want to know more about The Query Lab, or the upcoming submission theme/focus schedule? Check out the original post here.

Got a question? Feel free to drop me a line on Twitter!  ( @carissaataylor )


  1. Enter me!@WriterlySA, I am willing to to be a runner up, but hoping for help with pages as my query has already been critiqued a bunch, still open to changing it though. THANKS!!!!

  2. Enter me! @newsomeam94 and I am willing to be a runner up (it's actually mainly my query I want critiqued).



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