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Thursday, June 15, 2006
Remember that query contest? The Romance Divas one where I sent the query of Daughter of Privilege to Kate Duffy?

I won.

This is the scoresheet.

Romance Divas WE ALL WIN 2nd Annual Query Contest Scoresheet

Please score either a YES or a NO on each question. Any comments given are greatly appreciated, even if they’re a “yes, but…” or “no, but…,” although comments aren’t required or expected.

_X_YES NO__ Does the query catch your interest with a strong hook?

_X_YES NO__ Does the blurb/story summary sound like a fresh retelling of a familiar plot or does it seem compelling enough to defy familiarity?

_X_YES NO__ Is it professionally prepared with no spelling, grammar, punctuation errors?

_X_YES NO__ Does the query contain something about the author or some marketing angle?

_X_YES NO__ If this query landed on your desk, would you request to read more? If not, is there a specific reason you could give that would help the author know what she needs to work on?

____1st____ Of the five queries you’re read, what rank placing would you give this one: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th?


No comments, but straight yeses and 1st. That feels pretty good. Kate isn't known for wasting words.

As soon as the house is ready, I'll go back to writing, finish this story and submit it.

I admit, I'm very frustrated right now. There's nothing I'd like better than to take the next couple of weeks and do nothing but write, write, write. Not gonna happen.

BUT, I can say that the house is really starting to look great. A room we had used primarily for storage is completely cleared out and nearly staged. Today -- the guest room.
6/15/2006 07:43:00 AM : : Sela Carsen : : 17 Comments

17 Comments:

COngrats and when are you goign to send the query off officially to Kate Duffy?

By Blogger Michelle Styles, at 8:45 AM  

When I finish writing the story. It could be a couple of months yet.

By Blogger Sela Carsen, at 9:32 AM  

Woohoo!!

By Anonymous Jorrie Spencer, at 10:29 AM  

Congrats on that win, Sela!!

By Anonymous raine, at 12:32 PM  

Congratulations! All the queries were great, and you must be so thrilled!

By Blogger Nell Dixon, at 12:43 PM  

Congrats! Way to go Sela.

By Blogger Sandra Ruttan, at 2:25 PM  

Congrats, Sela!!

By Blogger Jaye, at 7:41 PM  

Congratulations, Sela! Fingers crossed for you!

By Blogger Bernadette Gardner and Jennifer Colgan, at 10:26 PM  

Congrations, Sela, that's wonderful! :)

By Blogger Jessica Raymond, at 5:10 AM  

Beautiful!!

By Blogger Sasha White, at 3:56 PM  

Congrats, chica!

By Blogger Kristen Painter, at 6:14 PM  

And WHY, pray tell, am I only able to find this out on your blog? Why aren't you shouting it from the rooftops, hmmm? You know where I'm thinking about....

Huge Congratulations, love!

By Blogger Anna Lucia, at 9:30 AM  

Congratulations, darlin!

By Anonymous Julie Cohen, at 10:05 AM  

Now that's SATISFACTION!

By Blogger Bernita, at 12:12 PM  

Congrats, Sela! That's wonderful. And just so you know, I know a great realtor ;-)

By Blogger April, at 2:12 AM  

OMG! That is SO cool!

Just seeing Kate Duffy's name makes me hyperventilate. I'll probably be like 80 before I work up the courage to submit to her.

Congratulations! That's an awesome achievement!

By Blogger Shannon Stacey, at 11:31 PM  

She's already rejected me once, Shannon. Once you get past the first R, she seems much more approachable. *gg*

By Blogger Sela Carsen, at 5:48 PM  

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