Reviews from writers who've sent work to TheQueryShark
You've given me way more than a hundred bucks worth of insight.
This query is a million times better than the first one I sent, and it is all thanks to you.
I cannot express how grateful I am to have had your help. Seriously. You’ve done so much to push me to where I needed to be and I am so thankful.
Thank you so much for your assistance in crafting this query letter. Throughout this process I have learned so much from you, and I truly appreciate you taking the time to mull over every word with me.
I re-read my original letter and I can’t believe how much better this one is. I really appreciate all of your help.
There are far too people afraid to speak the truth. I love writing. I need to create something I can be proud of.
You helped me get closer to that goal. So carry on being you and red line the heck out of those wanna be authors. If they are smart they will suck it up, put a band aide on their wounded egos and really listen to your advice.
You've shown me that the difference between good clarity and great clarity is, to borrow Twain's idiom, the difference between the lighting bug and the lightning bolt.
Your critiquing has also revealed numerous weaknesses in my manuscript that I'm currently fixing. Weaknesses I would've never seen without your help, so thank you again.
The changes are substantive, important, and helped make the query come alive. Your notes brought the query to a whole new level.
You certainly seem determined to make me write a better book.
I can't thank you enough for all the work you've put into this. It's come so far from the first version, and I could see it improving each step of the way. This entire process has been such an experience, and one I'm incredibly happy to have gone through--and would readily recommend to everyone else.
I feel that the dollars I have invested in this process are the best investment I have made in my writing. This experience has been so valuable, not only about how to write a query, but how to improve the book. Thank you for your generosity, constructive candor, and for applying your skill and experience to my efforts. I hope to have the opportunity to learn more from you.
You are right! Writing is the work. I know the lessons learned will ultimately improve my writing. No matter what, know this. I can never thank you enough for all you have taught me.
Thank you so much for everything. You have no idea how much I appreciate your services.
I worked with two other critiquers. Neither spent the time or came close to taking the kind of thoughtful, disciplined approach you did. In fact, they mostly just told me what I was doing wrong, not how to make it right. In fewer words - The Shark Rules! Thank you!
I can't tell you how much I appreciate your help and guidance!! I feel infinitely more confident submitting this query than I did when we started.
I’ve learned a lot from you and this process. It’s been invaluable and I’m immensely grateful.
Your notes are wonderful. It's like a breath of fresh air that's reinvigorating something I've been pounding the life out of for more than a year. I feel so lucky to have your help.
Here's the latest revision! I am so excited about this query -- it is a million times better, thanks to all of your help - both from your blog and from having your one-on-one help! I've learned a ton about how to craft a great query -- I'm forever grateful to you for that!
Thanks so much for your help! This has been incredible learning for me.
Thank you so much for the new feedback/critique and for the extra pass. It is amazing to see how far this query letter had come with your professional guidance. Your critique helped improve not only my query letter writing skills but my writing skills in general too. Your service is invaluable.
The relief I felt reading this latest critique had me sagging to the floor in relief. You’ve not only helped me transform these first five pages, but my entire manuscript. Every revision and critique gave me fresh perspective. Thank you for giving me a fighting chance.
Thank you so much for all of your help. You manage to be both savage and encouraging—and it is amazing. I am so proud of my final product, and I know I have you to thank for it. Thank you for providing such directive and helpful feedback.
Working with you is probably the best decision I’ve made since embarking on this insane journey towards publication.
I wanted to tell you how much I appreciate all the guidance you've given me. You really have a unique ability to cut to the core of what isn't working and also provided wonderful examples that helped me understand what to do, which was so useful. I'm so thrilled with the way this has turned out and I can't wait to query!
It's been such a pleasure working with you! Thank you so much for all your help and patience. You've given me much needed clarity. I am very happy with how the letter turned out, couldn't have done it without you.
Fantastic, thank you so very much!! Your help has been invaluable and I can't thank you enough. I'm very happy with it. It's been a struggle getting this opening chapter right for some reason and I'm really excited about it now.
I can not thank you enough for your patience and assistance. I think this query has taken almost as long to write as the book and has definitely been more painful. :)
Your help was amazing, and I appreciate your time. It was also a lot of fun. I will miss looking forward to your comments arriving in my inbox.
Thanks so much for your help along the way. You've really gone above and beyond what I thought I was paying for and I appreciate the help.
I've learned from you it really does help to let things sit overnight, which is why I re-read it again this morning and am hoping I finally got it.
I wanted to let you know that I've gotten 3 requests for fulls from the query letter we worked on together. As you said in one of your blog posts, now I know the query works; the next step will be seeing if the novel works. I'll let you know how it goes.
Thank you, truly, for all your support and guidance. It’s bad form for writers to be lost for words, but there’s no way I could convey over email how much I really appreciate it.
I cannot express my gratitude into words.
Thank you for all of your help.
I cannot thank you enough for all of your amazing, endless help throughout this process. You've taken what was a big mess and spun it into something far better than I ever could have achieved on my own. Thanks to your guidance, I'm excited to query!
Thanks again for all your help throughout the process. I'm feeling much more confident about my query/first pages thanks to your encouragement, critique, and advice!
Your insights have been extremely helpful and I'm very pleased with how my revisions, at your direction, are coming along.
Thank you so much for all of your help and expertise. I appreciate it wholeheartedly!
I can’t thank you enough for taking me under your “fin!”
With each revision you have uncovered and identified several weaknesses.
I just want to give you a quick follow up to say "thank you" once again. I was fortunate enough to receive an offer of representation this morning, and I wanted to let you know how much I appreciated your time, your advice and your words of encouragement.
Thanks so much for your assistance. It’s been so lovely to work with an industry professional and get a taster for having a real live agent. I feel so much more confident with my query now and can’t wait to try it out on some unsuspecting Middle Grade agents.
I've really enjoyed this process, and it's definitely given me a bit more confidence about what I'm trying to do!
thank you so much for your sage query-crafting support, and the kind words too.
I was so stuck before your help. Thank you! Thank you! 5/30/19
I've been drafting for months and your feedback has really cleared things up for me. 5/17/19
Thank you so much for all of your help with this. It scares me to think I would've started querying with my original submission had I not seen your blog. 4/23/19
"Thank you for being such an incredible help in this process. We are so happy and grateful to have worked with you." 4/6/19
"I worked hard on this project but it's more important to work smart.
The smart part was getting you to help." 4/2/19
"Thank you thank you thank you."3/28/19
"I can’t even tell you how much I’ve learned from your critiques and suggestions. I’m forever grateful!" 3/21/19
I can’t thank you enough for everything you’ve taught me and for the continued help you’ve given me. I was at a loss before I came to you and now I feel much better going forward. 3/6/19
I’m so grateful for your feedback, suggestions, and answers to my questions! This whole experience has been incredibly helpful and has boosted my confidence. I can’t thank you enough-2/21/19
Thank you so much for your help -- it's been truly invaluable. 1/17/19
"Thank you so much for your help, it's been absolutely invaluable. And we greatly appreciate that you didn't give up on us until you felt it was absolutely clear." 1/11/19
Holy crap, this is an awesome critique! Thank you so much! 1/8/19
You were so gracious and patient with me. Thank you for your constructive feedback, motivation, and kind words!
I really appreciate your help. You have no idea.12/30/18
"This has been really helpful for me and I really appreciate all the notes and feedback you gave."
"Thanks again for all of your notes, it has been immensely helpful."
"I hope you know I love every single idea and suggestion you have."
"Thank you for your valuable advice and constructive feedback." 12/11/18
"I have a tremendous amount of gratitude for your help."12/10/18
"Thanks again for your notes, which have been souseful in allowing me to see my work with fresh and sharper eyes. You are very good at this!" 11/29/18
"just wanted to say thank you for your critique and guidance. ... I'm learning so much from your suggestions and feedback (which I have implemented in the rest of my manuscript)." 11/20/18
"I loved your feedback. I can’t tell you how much I’ve struggled with this thing!" 11/6/18
"your help and feedback has been invaluable." 11/5/18