November 18, 2010 | By: Tracy

Seriously?! I'm an Idiot.

Since you might not be able to read the tiny writing at the bottom of the pic. Homer asks "How Come... things that happen to stupid people keep happening to me?" That about sums it up for me too, Homer.

I may or may not be the only writer around these here parts who'd heard of Query Tracker before but never actually took the time to go check it out. (Sometimes, my independent streak really bites me in the ass)

Last night, while browsing through the list of old saved "Agent/Writing Websites" -- that's the highly original name I gave the bookmark, btw -- I found Query Tracker. This time, unlike the last, I actually took a few minutes to stop and look around. Now I'm kicking myself in the pants for having made one portion of this journey much harder than it needs to be.

True, Query Tracker may not be all encompassing, but over 1200 agents listed gives a pretty damn good starting place. And it is sooooo much easier to click a genre and have agent names & websites -- with statistics -- pop up, than it is to sort through the 2000 or so pages in my current literary guide.  And it's FREE!

Oh well, better late than never. But I have to ask, what are your MUST SEE sites? I'm wondering what other places I may have heard of & inadvertently dismissed in those early days when I was positive I knew more about this whole writing deal than I actually did.

REMINDER: DGLM agent, Jim McCarthy, is holding a live online chat from 3-4 EST this afternoon. Click here for the details.

Happy Thursday, All!

8 witty remarks:

Candyland said...

No worries. We all discover them in our own time. Check out Verla Kay, WriteOnCon, (QT), and I actually learn a lot by blogs of Elana Johnson, Shannon Whitney Messenger, etc...

lbdiamond said...

I started out with QueryTracker--love the forum--I got to meet my crit partners there!

YAlitchat is pretty good too, though I hear there's a fee now to join.

Matthew Rush said...

There's this really awesome place called The Quintessentially Questionable Query Experiment. This crazy weird but really funny guy writes all about queries and stuff.

Just kidding. I pretty much go with exactly what Candy says. And I never go to QT, but I sure as hell will when I start querying again.

Anne Gallagher said...

I think the best place I've ever found is The Public Query Slushpile sidebar. Rick's got everything and everybody listed.

Jessica Bell said...

HA! I did exactly the same thing. I bought a big chunky book and then found Query Tracker. Oh well, you and me, girl, are used to doing things the hard way. LOL

You should check out http://www.newpages.com/

KarenG said...

Which is why the internet is the best thing that happened for writers-- along with word processing, the laptop, blogging....

Melissa said...

Umm... I've never looked at Query tracker but I say that's because I only just finished my first draft and am really not ready to be there.

Ps. I'm sorry if you feel left out from all the HP craziness this week. Next week it will be back to normal posts and such.

lexcade said...

tracy, you should stop by the forum and say hi :)

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