Ask Daphne’s Readers (Yes, That’s You!)

January 5th, 2010 • Kate

decisionsWith our recollections of last year posted, we’re all ready to look ahead to the year to come! And for this I’d like to ask you a few questions, if you don’t mind. To keep things exciting, I will choose one random commenter below as the winner of a free book of their choice — providing they choose between Maureen Johnson‘s new novel Scarlett Fever or Josie Bloss‘ forthcoming Albatross.

So, with that carrot dangling before you, what I love to know from you is what else you’d like to see here at kt literary. More questions answered? More live blogs of my queries? More stats and numbers? More links to reviews of books by our clients? More contests? More of my own reviews of books I’ve read for pleasure? More Web Monkey? More shoes? Or something else entirely? Do you want more regular features? Like, every Monday we post reviews and every Wednesday I hand over some publishing advice? Or do you like it random?

Let me know your thoughts, with the caveat that I may not be able to do everything you ask for, but I will do my best to respond to your comments. Bear in mind, too, that my answering more questions from you and posting more About My Queries, for instance, requires additional help from you.

Thanks! Comment to win!

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76 Responses to “Ask Daphne’s Readers (Yes, That’s You!)”

  1. Krista G. Says:

    I love the About My Query posts, too, and I always find statistics interesting. And I'm always on the lookout for a good book, so reviews – or even brief mentions – are nice.

    Oh, and I think randomness is good:)

  2. NinjaFanpire Says:

    I like the things about agents and how to's about the real world of getting published. Those are great for wannabe authors. But, contests and book reviews are always great. So maybe more of those. Oh, and interviews with authors, maybe where people can send in some questions for them?

  3. Brigita Says:

    I'd certainly like more reviews of books you read for pleasure. I'm always looking for new recommendations for books to read, particularly YA as that's my passion. More shoes wouldn't be bad either! πŸ˜‰ Have a great 2010!

  4. beth Says:

    I really miss your live-blogging queries! That was always a highlight and very engaging to read.

    (Now I have to go hopehopehope I win–I'm halfway through Suite Scarlett and already know I want the sequel!!!)

  5. Lucinda Says:

    It's always fun to read your liveblogging queries, so I'd love to see more of that in the future

    I've also found the couple of queries you posted for novels that you've ended up representing really interesting to read. It would be great to see some more of those amongst the About My Queries every so often.

  6. Margay Says:

    I like the idea of more live queries and publishing advice. I like getting to know how things work.


  7. Kate Says:

    Have I mentioned how AWESOME my readers are lately? 56 comments? You rock!

    So far it seems everyone loves the live blogs and wouldn't mind more of my personal reviews of books I've read for pleasure — and SCARLETT FEVER is highly anticipated!

    Other trending desires?

  8. Emily Says:

    I'd like to see more live blogs of your queries, and more stats and numbers if possible!

  9. brooke Says:

    More successful queries and contests, please.

  10. Rachele Alpine Says:

    I really liked when you went through your queries and gave a sentence about why you rejected or asked for a partial.

  11. Katie Says:

    I love the live blogging of your queries. Contests are great. And it's always good to see examples of what worked instead of what didn't work.

  12. Amily Says:

    Perhaps some guest posts from your authors (about their books, writing process, how they landed an agent πŸ˜‰

    Reading recommendations are always a personal favorite (though my TBR pile is growing at a rapid rate)

    Thanks for all the awesome posts so far, looking forward to many more in 2010!

  13. Katie Says:

    I absolutely love your 'About My Query' fridays, not only is it informative but it's also just good plain fun. So while I'm sure it would be a hardcore pain in the ass to comment on more than one a week I would really like to see more of them.

    And, I really enjoyed your special edition 'About My Query' things. It was wonderful to see the transformation of the letters from first query to a pitch to an editor. It's also really nice to a) see that people are in fact 'making it' and b) what works- what piques interest.

    So in summation- more 'About My Query' posts would make my 2010 complete.

  14. Sandy Shin Says:

    I'd love to read more "About My Query" posts and your own reviews of books, and perhaps some guest posts from your authors would be awesome as well.

    I also throw in my vote for regular features interspersed with random posts. :>

  15. Sherrie Petersen Says:

    In addition to reviews, I'd love to see successful books deconstructed from an agent's perspective — the hook, the arc, language selection, the voice — all that stuff we're supposed to develop to make our writing great. I think it would also be fun to hear more about the authors and books you represent and how you work together.

    Thanks for asking πŸ™‚

  16. Kristi Says:

    I love the idea of regular features each week — and contests are a plus. The About My Query feature is wonderful and I learn a lot from it. Thanks!

  17. Rebekah Says:

    I think it'd be cool to have some book reviews!

    (I'd like Scarlett Fever)

  18. Ash Says:

    I'd love to see more detailed info on your query stats, but I understand how tiresome it can get slugging through them not writing about them. So, never mind.

    Actually, I'd love to see you hold contests like Mary Kole and Nathan Bransford do. Where people can post their queries or first pages and the winner gets a critique or something. I don't know, though. All in all, its up to you. I find your blog helpful the way it is.

  19. kathryn Says:

    i would like more RANDOMNESS (it makes life so much more exciting! =] ), book reviews/suggestions and contests!!! (i would like scarlett fever)

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  21. Holen Says:

    I'd like an "Ask My Clients" thing where people can post questions for your clients, and you can pick some to have the clients answer periodically.

  22. Tere Kirkland Says:

    Well, I love your "About My Query" posts, but I'd also love interviews with your clients about their perspective on the querying process, and, now that they are agented, the submission process.

    More contests are always nice, too!

  23. Eric Says:

    More cowbell!

  24. Eric Says:

    OK. Seriously, in addition to more cowbell I would like hearing about what books you're reading. I'm always interested in posts about queries and the writing/agenting/editing processes.

  25. Delilah S. Dawson Says:

    First of all, I love the unusual shoes.

    Second of all, as someone trying to break into publishing, I most value any information on the query process, successful queries, hilarious queries, agent peeves, trends, and tips for attracting an agent.

    I know it's too late for the contest, but I just like answering questions.

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