Friday, February 24, 2012

600, Blogoversary, and The Query Doctor!


Look who showed up for the party!

I might just mutate into something awesome today! Why's that? Today is the blogoversary of The Cosmic Laire, with over 600 members joined since its awkward beginnings three years ago. To celebrate, I've prepared a little experiment that I hope you'll participate in.

A cosmological THANK YOU for making this happen!

I've received awesome feedback from those who have sent queries for me to critique over the last year. Some went on to win contests or gain agent representation. One author replied that I was very helpful and closed with "thank you, query doctor!" I thought on that for a while. I'm no expert, but who said I need a PhD to help writers and their queries with a fresh pair of eyes?

So ...

To honor 600 members and this 3rd blogoversary, The Cosmic Laire is proud to introduce The Query Doctor!

He's a very busy guy, but he'll make periodic visits (and warp through time, if he has to) and open his booth to your queries. And guess what? He's in today! Send your query, in an email, to dpowersking[at]gmail[dot]com and I'll be sure he gets it (no attachments, please). He'll give a thorough critique, edit your query (if necessary), and do whatever it takes to help it shine. So, what are you waiting for?

He's taking off at 6 PM, MT. Send your best (as you would to an agent), and hurry, before time runs out!

#Addendum:

Time's up! The Query Doctor has left. I must say, what a turnout - 12 queries in 10 hours! Most are sent back - still a few left to do. If you're still waiting, don't panic. You should receive your feedback in the next 24 hours. Feedback has been great and I had a smashing time, so it looks like I'll have to invite the doc again soon.

Thank you for participating! You're a brave bunch!

I'm David, and the good Doctor brought cookies!
  
 "Don't Blink - Do Enjoy."

55 comments:

  1. Query Doctor Rocks! Pretty awesome, David :D I hope all your querying friends take advantage ;)

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  2. That's great! Too bad I don't have a query ready. Congrats on the milestone.

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  3. Makes sense since your blog is bigger on the inside than it looks on the outside.

    *Having typing issues today

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  4. oh, I am loving this.

    Congrats on you follower number but, as the Voice said, "If you build it, they will come".
    All credit goes to you.

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  5. Congrats David!! 600 followers and 3 years. Such wonderful accomplishments.

    And not only do you have a lot of followers but they're very active and responsive. You can tell they enjoy following you.

    I know I do. :)

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  6. Well, first off, YAY to you for building this wonderful laire for all us cosmic cookies to gather and enjoy your funny and educational sharings. Happy Blogiversary!

    And, query doctor, huh? Well, well, well. I suppose I shall have to participate in your experiment.

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  7. Congratulations! Six hundred is a great achievement. The next six hundred will come very fast - trust me!

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  8. Congrats on hitting 600! Critiquing queries is so helpful for getting those pitches just right. Thanks!

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  9. Gratz on all your gorgeous followers. Can we get a cookie if we don't have anything to send you? :P

    Universal Gibberish

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  10. I. Want. That. Cookie Jar.

    I don't have a query to send in (heck, I don't even have a manuscript yet), but I just wanted to say congratulations on 3 years and 600 followers! What an awesome achievement! Darren and I are both inspired by your hard work and determination.

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  11. Mmmm, cookies. Congrats on 600 David! That's awesome!

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  12. Okay, have to give my recommendation for the QD. He's uber helpful, and points out a lot of things no one else would think of, and does it in a very encouraging and constructive manner.

    Congrats David!!!

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  13. Congrats on the blogiversary, and awesome news about the QD. That's a generous offer!

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  14. Big ol' Congrats to you!!! And thanks so much for the cookies. I may have to take the Dr. up on that generous offer....

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  15. Congrats on the 6-0-0. Here's hoping the next 600 come in one giant lump.

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  16. Sweet 600! Congratulations! And very excited about the Query Doctor, great idea! I'll be sending mine soon :)

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  17. I wish I was ready to query :(

    Congratulations on the 600 followers and 3 years of blogging! I'll just take a cookie and be on my way :D

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  18. Congrats on 600 followers, David! It's generous of you to offer up your time to critique queries. You're such a sweetie.

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  19. Big congrats and I LOVE the name! I hope the Query Doctor sticks around for a long time. It really is a kind offer.

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  20. newest follower (as of this moment) here, and my query needs all the help it can get... so thanks! christy

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  21. Very cool. Congratulations on a big milestone and thank you for giving up your time to help your fellow aspiring writers!

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  22. Yay...you showed some love to Dr. Who. I have recently become a huge fan of this show and am busy catching up on all the stuff I've missed.

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    1. Now you know why I didn't include him in my Tuesday post. ;)

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  23. you're awesome! yay for the great 3/600!
    can i send ine back to you?

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  24. Oh my gosh, CONGRATS!! You're awesome!!

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  25. I wish I had a query :)

    congrats on 600 and the blogoversary!!!

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  26. Happy Blogoversary!!! And yay for the Query Doctor!

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  27. I'm a pretty big fan of the Query Doctor. I think he's probably pretty awesome. And why would he be checking off at 6? hmmm...

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  28. Happy Blogoversary/600 celebration! The Query Doctor is one awesome dude!

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  29. Woo hoo! 600 followers and 3 years, fabulous! You do give excellent query feedback! :D

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  30. This is totally above & beyond of you--thanks!!!

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  31. Love Dr Who, big fan here! The blue box has been in my life since the very, very beginning, way, way back! You have made a generous offer and if I had something ready to receive advice on, I would definately take up the offer!
    Congrats on 600!

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  32. How awesome that you reached 600 followers. Congrats!

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  33. Happy Blogoversary! :) And congratulations on 600+ Followers!

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  34. Wow, congratulations! :) I wish I had something to send you... well, I sorta do, but with a major overhaul coming soon I'd rather not get caught up in an old query.

    Anyway, it's really cool that you're doing this. Happy blogoversary. :D

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  35. Oh congrats to my baby brother! Way to go David!

    Love ya, Wendy

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  36. Congratulations! Mmm, Tardis cookies. Dammit! I blinked!

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  37. Congrats on 619 :)and sorry I missed the good Dr. this go around.

    Ps... there wasn't too much good stuff on the "telly" when I was growing up, but when Dr. Who came on... it was like YES! This is da bomb (the Daleks scared the bejaysus out of me, though :)

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  38. Have a good weekend David.

    ......dhole

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  39. Congratulations on reaching 600 followers!

    Drats! I missed the Query Doctor. Maybe next time...

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  40. Over 600, that's quite impressive!
    BTW, I just awarded you a Versatile Blog award and TAGGED you in a fun, short writing game. Pop over to my blog to check it out! Catherine
    http://catherinestine.blogspot.com

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  41. Congrats on entering the over +600 club!

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  42. Wow! 600 followers! Congratulations! Do you think your new followers would like you to answer a few questions about yourself?

    Tag, you're it! Your mission, should you decide to accept it is to copy the 11 questions from my blog post entitled 'Tagged, again, among other things', answer them on your blog and tag 7 more bloggers. You can find my blog at http://mywithershins.wordpress.com or find the link on my Humpty Dumpty blog site.

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  43. 3 years and over 600 followers...wowza! Congrats on time well spent!

    If only an apple a day could keep the query doctor at bay, eh? LOL But seriously, I love the name Query Doctor. Very catchy.

    Good luck to all your querying friends, and thanks for posting!

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  44. Happy bloggerversary and congrats on 600 followers!

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  45. I'll bet those are some mighty tasty space time cookies. Always fresh, always warm, with just a hint of angel dust (but not Weeping Angel Dust {shudder}).

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