Many of you are familiar with Query Tracker, a gold mine of information about agents and publishing. This article on the Query Tracker Blog (posted 1/16/2013)—“Why You Should Critique Other People’s Queries” by Sarah Pinneo—particularly interested me, since I’m in the process of writing a new query letter.
The advice Sarah Pinneo offers is relevant to more than queries, though; it’s applicable to the many ways we read and critique for each other.
Here’s a gem:
Lastly, the art of critique is, in and of itself, an essential writerly skill. I have learned to start every critique by saying one positive thing. Even if the query needs buckets of work (and even if you suspect the manuscript does, too) there is always something encouraging to say.
A good read. Check it out.