3.31.2007

Next crapometer-(not soon, so don't panic)

I'm reading my query letters tonight thus my thoughts turn to the slush pile on steroids: the crapometer.

Here's my brainwave: the next crapometer is your equery. You send, and I'll show you where I stop reading.

I'll pick some random number between 5 and 20 to comment on further.

It's gonna be a brief time window for entries of course, and this time I'm reserving the right to limit the number I post so entry isn't guaranteed.

Let me know what you think, or if you have suggestions.

The next crapometer isn't for quite some time so don't start sending me stuff or I'll consign your email to the junklist AND tell Killer Yapp you like cats more than dogs.

16 comments:

Brady Westwater said...

Snarkochism - Rare form of masochism; primarily found in poodles in 212 area code, but occasionally transmitted to humans under the influence of gin.

Impy said...

A writer friend recently sent me a copy of the e-query he's been sending out. It took me ONE SENTENCE to understand why he was getting nothing but rejections. It took another half an hour to show him how to fix it and help him craft something that stood a chance of being read all the way through.

I suspect this will be your most useful Crapometer yet for all those brilliant aspiring writers who for some reason just don't understand how to get past the query stage. Good choice!

SAND STORM said...

Well this may work...but I'm still working on my "Go to NYC and kidnap an agent" thingy.

I have to go now, I'm punching air holes in my car trunk for a meeting with a publisher I'm trying to set up. tata

McKoala said...

Brave, brave Miss Snark.

Katherine said...

Long time lurker, first time commenter here. Obviously, I'd love a chance at this, but...

I believe we were meant to try and stop you were you to propose another crapometer.

Just saying.

Anna Fallon said...

Dont'wait too long...I could become a permanent fixture at my keyboard with my cursor poised on send.

takoda said...

This will be great. I won't enter this one, because I don't get the difference between a query snail-mail versus email. Aren't they the same?

My question though, is, what do you put in the subject heading to catch attention? And jeez, what's the word limit for the subject heading? Miss Snark, could you do a crap-o-meter for just subject headings in email?

Thanks!
Cheers!

Sam said...

I wouldn't want a whole crap-o-meter just on subject headings, but I'm with Takoda in wondering what a good subject line would be.

I'm also not getting the difference between an e-query and a snailmail one. I'd expect both to be no more than one page and I'd make sure of that by writing the query in my word processor and then pasting it into my email program.

And, yeah, first I'd get an email address that is dedicated solely to writing/publishing-related stuff, and I wouldn't put a spam filter on it at all.

BernardL said...

That is a heck of an idea, MS. I'll take any help I can get. I've added Lazar to my spell checker, so I'm good to go. :)

Debra Moore said...

When when when?? I think it would be wonderful. (Think Miss Snark is nuts, but still, wonderful for US!)

As far as subject lines go, normally wouldn't one just put something like: "Query: Title of Manuscript"??

Maybe it's a trick question...

Elektra said...

Takoda and sam, generally the subject line should just be something like (Your Genre) Query. Anything fancier might get in the way of an agent's E-mail filing, or accidentally get you marked as spam.

Arjay said...

I've been rolling in barbed wire to toughen my skin. I'll also put on my kevlar diving suit. I'm hoping the tough skin and kevlar suit can protect me from the stilleto heels and Killer Yap. I'm ready for the next crapometer!

Angela said...

Oh brave, brave Miss Snark.

I am, I can now admit after several people give me a hit with a clue gun, not ready to dive into the scary world of looking for an agent, but I am still looking forward to this to learn from others mistakes.

Demon Hunter said...

Miss Snark,
Seeing as how I've never participated in the Crapometer, or any other event you've held because I am usually not available when these events take place. :*( I would hope that my computer is available during the timeframe given. Have you thought about what time you will have this one? Can it be during the week?

Anonymous said...

I'm a long time lurker first time poster, I've just missed the last crapometer and had no idea what it was all about. I have been waiting for this moment. I have sent my query out into the world and gotten rejections for it. I have worked on it but I want to know if it's ready...

Awaiting your say so Miss Snark...

Just let us know what to send, query and first page or just query...

inherwritemind2 said...

Oh, goodie. Another opportunity to self-immolate. Tell me when to strike the match.