TO AVOID HAVING YOUR QUERY AND ITS CRITIQUES DELETED*, PLEASE READ BEFORE POSTING...
Welcome to AQC. This is a great community of writers, many who take the time out of their own writing to help others with their query letters.
Through the years, AQC members have honed a system of posting queries to which we ask all query posters to adhere to.
This is not only for critiquer convenience (it saves them time and helps them keep versions of one person's query straight), but it also keeps the query critique group neat and tidy.
Post a copy of your full query for critique in this group ONLY.
Start a new topic with TITLE (genre) in subject line.
New threads for previously posted and critiqued queries will be deleted. For this reason, post one query and subsequent revisions in the SAME thread.
Your thread/topic title for your critique should look like this: MY BOOK'S TITLE (genre)
(If you aren't sure what your genre is, check out the AQC library's "writing tips" area for tips on figuring out your genre.) ** Please note that the library is currently down due to issues with the last upgrade. We hope to have it back soon.
ADDITIONAL TIPS TO MAXIMIZE THE NUMBER OF CRITIQUES YOU RECEIVE:
We don't expect everyone to be perfect right off the bat, so here are some tips that might be helpful.
Post a new revision in the same thread: By adding a new post with your revised query in the original topic, your query topic/thread will get bumped back up to the top of the query list on page 1 (of the query critique group)--even if it had fallen to a 'back' page.
Add a subheader, especially to alert members that you have revised your query: There is a second box for more info which you can leave blank or add a little note. This box will be handy when you add a REVISED query--type in "Revision" in this box if you want to easily draw attention to your topic's latest changes.
How to Change Your Topic's Title in order to include its (Genre): Click on the "edit" button just below your first post. (Some folks have noticed since the last system upgrade that they need to edit the last post of theirs in the thread in order to do this.) It will bring up a box where you can see your query and make changes to it--also handy for when you spot that inevitable typo after you've posted. However, just below that posting box is a big black button that says "save changes." You want the button to the right of that which says: USE FULL EDITOR. Click on it to edit your original topic title or subtitle. Make your changes and click on save.
Don't include attachments: You will gain better results by copying and pasting your query into the body of the post, rather than attaching a file. People don't like opening unknown files posted online--even if they have a stellar firewall and virus protection software. As well, attaching a file that contains your query equals more work for your potential critiquers. (And it is more difficult to reference one's comments in an effective and efficient way.)
Not getting critiques?: Check out this thread for tips.
Thanks and good luck!
P.S. If you need help from a moderator (there are a bunch of us hanging around here) and are referencing a specific post or thread, please use the URL/link of the thread or post you are referencing. It saves us all a ton of time and makes sure we're all on the same page. Thanks.
*And yes, deleting may seem a tad harsh, but all our moderators are volunteers. In other words, helping keep this place tidy and running is us writers tucking into our writing time to help out. And honestly, it is WAY faster and easier deleting than fixing or merging. I know, I know...