The Exhibit: Query Critique

The Exhibit – A query critique service for fiction writers who are submitting to literary agents and publishers

So you're ready to showcase your work to literary agents and publishers. Our query critique includes a workshop of your query letter and a close look at your synopsis and first 5,000 words. 

In our query workshop, you have two options. We can either provide feedback on three different query letters, or we can assess the same query letter three times as you rewrite and refine your pitch. Our critique's focus is on how to best catch the attention your manuscript deserves.

You will also receive a developmental edit of your 500-word synopsis and your manuscript's first 5,000 words. This will come in the form of a marked-up copy of your work as well as a summary of recommended changes.

Reality check: the world of traditional publishing is highly competitive. Literary agents can receive as many as fifty unsolicited manuscript submissions per day. We do not guarantee that our query-critique service will result in an offer of representation or a publishing contract. Sometimes, therefore, the best advice we can give is to keep refining your story. In other cases, we might recommend self-publication as the most realistic route to exposure and book sales.

Click here to check out our resource page for querying authors.

Flat rate: $200 USD 

Timeline: Darling Axe editors often have multiple projects on the go. Please allow up to four weeks for us to finish your query critique. (Typical turnaround time is two weeks.)