Dear Miss Snark,
I've been reading your blog for days now and find it remarkably entertaining and informative. So much so that I really shouldn't be reading it because it's been days and I've been neglective personal hygiene.
I had two questions about humor writing, and you seem to have a great sense of humor so I thought I'd ask.
1. If you looked at something funny, or something that is at least supposed to be funny, is it just important that it be funny and entertaining, or does it have to fit somewhere pretty neatly?
I ask this because a lot of agents and other writers seem to look at my stuff and say, "This is funny, but what IS it?" Meaning it's not literary funny, or science fiction funny or thriller funny, it's just meant to be funny.
2. After reading a number of the things you've written about the writing you've received, would you be willing to look at the first couple paragraphs from my book and tell me if it works? Just a hundred words or something to see.
As far as the second question, if the answer is no I understand. It's just that while I read things in your blog I'm not up yet on the various ways you get material, either by submissions at your agency or sometimes people send in things it seems, or there are contests and whatnot. Anyway, it's not a query, in any way at all, so don't think it's a query. I know not to query through email.
Fan of snark,
Miss Snark is genuinely amused.
The idea of just merrily sending questions off and thinking it's not a query cause you haven't called it a query reminds Miss Snark of a question her colleagues appear to be asking you already: "what is it".
However, merriment aside, let's see what we can offer you today at the Clue Emporium.
1. Novels that are funny can be called "novels". They can also be called comic novels but I never do because I'd rather people discover something is funny on their own.
If an agent is asking you "what is it" this is not a good sign. You need to know what it is and call it that. Or at least try. Say it with me: "my novel".
2. Yes, you can certainly send 250 words to me. It's called the Crapometer. It starts in December. You'll be pleased to know there's an entire blog devoted to it. You can find the link on the blog roll over ------> there.
Sadly, there are no refunds at the Clue Emporium, so please step right up with a crisp twenty dollar bill.