Blog Thoughts

September 30th, 2010 • Kate

questionsAndAnswersQuestion for my readers: what do you look for when you come visit ye olde blog here? In other words — what are you favorite things to read here on Ask Daphne? Query critiques? Answers to your publishing questions? News about my authors and clients? Random posts about whatever I’m thinking about? Recent read reviews?

I’m asking because tomorrow is the last About My Query post I have currently scheduled, and I’m thinking about taking a break from them. Maybe. Or mixing them up with something else, perhaps, but I don’t yet know what that “something else” might be. I’m always going to use this space to talk about my authors and their books, but I really do want to make sure it serves a useful and entertaining purpose for you, too.

So, what do you want to see here? Let’s get some ideas in the comments, please!

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16 Responses to “Blog Thoughts”

  1. Karen Says:

    Personally, I tune in for all. But I do miss the Ask Daphne posts. I don't recall seeing random publishing/agenting questions for a while. They are very helpful. I don't really have a idea of what could take the place of the AMQ, but it's been a long day and my brain is mush. I might think of something tomorrow-lol.

    However, I do have a question. Are you backlogged on queries? I'm wondering if mine was lost in cyberspace or if I should just wait a bit longer before resending :-).

  2. Kate Says:

    Query status: yeah, I'm a little behind. I've answered all queries through September 5th now, and am working on getting through more this weekend!

  3. Michelle Says:

    As far as suggestions, how about commenting on the first 250 words of a work. It would be interesting to get an agent's viewpoint on what catches your attention.

    For myself, I am forever grateful for your query critiques. They really helped shape up my query. I hope you continue with them.

    And the way you answer questions in the comments is wonderful. Its great to get a response.

  4. Sue Harrison Says:

    Ask Daphne has my vote.

  5. Vonna Says:

    Have to agree; Ask Daphne over About My Query. I like Michelle's suggestion, too.

  6. Krista V. Says:

    I appreciated hearing your thoughts on Erin Danehy's query a few months ago. You could do the same thing with some of the other clients you pulled out of the slush pile. Kristin Nelson does that occasionally on her blog, and it's nice to see something that WORKED and why.

    Specific writing tips every now and again, maybe based on issues you've recently seen in sample pages or partials, would be useful.

    Finally, I like those random posts about whatever you're thinking about. Those are the ones that usually spark interesting conversation.

  7. Shannon Says:

    Similar to Michelle, I like the idea of a power-dating version of query responding. My only change would be make us put the story into 2-3 sentences, then you give a short response.

    Obviously, the response would be mostly on the subject and not the writing itself, it's nice to get an idea if a story line is on the right track.

    Is it even possible to sell a book in less than 5 sentences?

    Otherwise, I'm with the Ask Daphne crowd.

  8. Anne B. Says:

    How about alternating Ask Daphne with AMQ each week?

  9. Hallie Says:

    I confess that I enjoy About My Query an awful lot, but I like the other suggestions as well!

  10. Derrick Camardo Says:

    Live Blog! Live Blog! Live Blog!

    That's probably my favorite reoccurring type of post.

    Other than that, I really appreciate your perspective. For instance, I love when agents talk about what made them fall in love with one of their client's books. I bought Powerless by Matthew Cody after you posted about it.

  11. Alicia Says:

    I like mostly everything. But I have to confess, I don't read all the AMQ as much as the other posts. I agree with the others. I like Ask Daphne too. Maybe alternating, like Anne suggested would work.

  12. Karen Says:

    Okay, I'm back. Now that my brain isn't mush anymore, I'd be interested in something like "A Day in the Life," type of thing. I know it's not something that can be done weekly like AMQ–or maybe it can–but if you had a regular monthly post that just chronicled your day, say for instance if you were offering representation to an author, or if you got the call for a sale of one of your clients. Really anything that would give us a glimpse into the life of an agent on a random day would probably have us all interested. I've always loved "A Day in the Life," type of things whenever I see/read them.

    I do LOVE the Live Blog, but I imagine they are a lot of work.

  13. Mariam Says:

    Shoes. I come for the shoes. Otherwise I'd spend all day skulking around 6pm.com or zappos for a fix when I'm not on deadline.

    The random posts that spark interaction; LIVE blog; and references/connections to any great books (your clients or otherwise), those are worthwhile too.

  14. Mel J. Says:

    I love AMQ, but I paid the most attention to it when it was my own query that was being critiqued. So it might not be the best for the majority of your readers.

    Other than that, I love Live Blog. And anytime you can give helpful tips on "How to Not Look Like an Idiot While Querying", I appreciate it. 😉

  15. Jess Says:

    I like all of it. You do a nice mix of industry advice, client promo/news, and general stuff. I love the Ask Daphne posts and like the suggestions above that would expand AMQ beyend queries, LOL. And yes, Mariam, the shoes!!

  16. Jill Elizabeth Says:

    I like agency & industry news. I am a little burned out on seeing queries, so can't even imagine how you must feel!