The Query Show
By Blair Thornburgh
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The Query Show is a show about query letters! Join your host, editor and author Blair Thornburgh, as she breaks down query letters from real authors and gives helpful, occasionally goofy feedback.
||CleanEpisode Ten: MG Contemporary & Sci-Fi||Two middle-grade novels with high-flying high stakes today! We’re talking the crucial intersection of internal and external arcs, the difference between “is” and “becomes,” and a comp title extravaganza. Download a copy of th||2/11/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode Nine: YA Contemporary||We have an agent success! Find out which fabulous featured author has secured representation. And two excellent YA queries to review today, and some deep dives into striking the balance between details of the plot, abstract emotional arcs, and synthesiz||2/3/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode Eight: Historical Fantasy & Historical Fiction||Ancient Egypt and Reformation Amsterdam are the settings of today’s queries. We’re digging into settings, stakes, and how to keep it emotionally relevant even when Big Stuff is happening in the world. Plus, how do you query a book that’s||1/27/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode Seven: Women’s Fiction & NA Romance||Two queries about the hazards of love, finding yourself, and—as always—the electric currents of emotional stakes. Find out what you can cut from your query and why sometimes it’s okay to get unconventional. Download copies of today’s queries a||1/20/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode Six: YA Fantasy||Two fantasies with high stakes, life-or-death situations, and romance today on The Query Show. How do you keep your characters active in a query while still encompassing all the critical worldbuilding that a fantasy needs? What’s the key to nailing||1/13/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode Five: Middle Grade (Times Two!)||It’s a middle grade extravaganza! Today we look at two queries for middle grade stories that address themes of bullying, fantasy worlds, and very sticky marshmallows. Plus, we talk balancing the query: how much should be story vs. intro vs. bio? Dow||1/6/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode Four: Women’s Fiction||On today’s episode, we’re looking at a women’s fiction query that shows off some great methods to stay concise while still communicating everything an agent needs to know. Plus, the order of operations of query paragraphs! Download a cop||12/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode Three: Sci-Fi (Times Two!)||On today’s episode, we’ve got two fun sci-fi query letters to read, enjoy, and ponder over. Some thoughts on big pile-up sentences, appropriate comps, getting strange bedfellows into the bed, kicking alien ass, and giving (or not giving) a chr||12/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode Two: YA Fantasy (Times Two!)||Today on The Query Show, we’re looking at query letters for two YA contemporary fantasy novels, and talkin’ genre expectations, breaking through a crowded market, and lots of “phraseological” musings on how best to convey a plot in||12/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode One: Picture Book||Welcome, writers! On this inaugural episode of The Query Show, we get situated, learn about your charming host (ahem), and dive right in to a podcast for a hilarious picture book featuring rodents, baked goods, and the high seas. Learn how to use comp t||11/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|