Hello Miss Snark -
First, let me thank you for both the excellent practical advice you dole out on your blog and the daily laughter your responses usually bring to me. And give my best to KY.
At the risk of being your nitwit of the day, I saw the tantalizing cryptic note on the sidebar of your blog: "Thinking of querying Miss Snark? Send an SASE to firstname.lastname@example.org for complete instructions." First, is it a joke? The listed e-mail address at wtf.com bounced the message, so if it is a joke, then good one! (Knee slap here) If not, are you talking blog-question query or the BIG Next-Big-Thing QUERY? And finally, how does one send an SASE to an e-mail address?
While I don't know you, I like your style and take-no-prisoners approach. I'll be pitching my first mainstream novel (yes, it's complete) to anyone who will listen at the PNWA conference in about a month, and I would love to send a query to you as well, if only I knew who you were (but then you'd have to kill me, I know. . . .). I'm a finalist in the PNWA's literary contest this year in the essay/short memoir category, and I took second place in Ohio Writer's Best of Ohio Writers competition several years ago.
So if in fact you are providing instructions on how to query you, REALLY (which I have trouble believing, somehow), just reply to this email with the aforementioned "complete instructions." In any case, thanks for taking the time to read this request.
All the best,
I have to admire your tenacity and willingness to look like an idiot. Not enough to break my ironclad rule of no queries of course, but enough to not think you're a nitwit.
The reason you're not a nitwit is cause you asked. Nitwits are the one who say "hey, that email bounced, I want to query you, send me your address". You at least realized that maybe it was a joke (yes it is) but you weren't quite sure, so you asked pretty nicely.
Plus I have a fondness for Twin Peaks.
And the NYT Puzzle was easy today so I'm not my usual snarly self.
Bottom line: no querying Miss Snark. the @wtf.com URL is a joke. And yes, you can't "send an SASE" to an email address.
And before anyone starts whining about the lack of snarky reply, don't worry. There's snark enough for all.