Thursday, January 19, 2012

You Scratch Lorena Dureau's Back, I'll Scratch Yours...

This contest is closed!

As you all know, Lowenstein Associates is very involved with new publishing mechanisms. We're glad to say that we've gotten a huge number of formerly out-of-print books up and selling in the last six months or so on Amazon with more retailers to come soon.

So, let's celebrate! At the bottom of this post are links to several of our authors' books. Choose one or more author and repost those same links that you find here on this blog in any TWO places on the internet (for instance, your blog and a tweet) BETWEEN NOW (THURSDAY) AND MIDNIGHT EST ON SUNDAY.

Do it, and I'll give you a query critique. Yep.

The more places you post or the more you engage (say, you see another person's tweet about this and retweet it), the more detailed I'll be in my critique. Please post any questions in the comments!

Here's how to get the critique:

  1. Do your posting. Remember, no fewer than two places on the web.
  2. Send an email with ONLY the following in the subject line: Ebook Celebration to assistant[AT]bookhaven[DOT]com No punctuation, no project title, no nothing except those two words with that exact capitalization. 
  3. At the top, paste links to the places you've posted these books.
  4. Below that, paste your query letter ONLY. No Pages.
I'll respond by February 19th. I reserve the right to not respond if any of the above rules are not followed. :)

Our guests of honor:

  • Deborah Camp (A mix of contemporary and Old West Historical romances...over 40 coming in the near future, but here is a list of 10 or so available now)
  • Lorena Dureau (Historical Romance: American Colonial South and West. Very Sexy)
  • Dan Streib (thrillers with a James-Bond-meets-Anderson-Cooper main character)
  • Barbara Keesling (her too-hot-to-blog nonfiction is here, here, and here)


  1. What an awesome way to support your authors and also (hopefully) up-coming authors!! *So excited!*

  2. Very generous of you, and these books look great!

  3. Ooh, very nice of you to do this for all involved! I am not quite finished with my latest project but have been working on its query letter. Can you critique on an unfinished project's query?

  4. @SuperTank

    You should never actually query an unfinished project, but I'm happy to take a look at the query.

  5. Thanks for the critique opportunity, and for passing on a few new writers to recommend :)

  6. This is such a great idea. Thank you for the opportunity! :)

  7. What a wonderful opportunity! Thank you so much Ms. Barnes! also, it takes a wonderful agent to be so dedicated to SELLING the books of her authors. Just wonderful :)

  8. That last title must REALLY be "too-hot-to-blog"--my tween-proofed Netgear firewall blocked me from taking a look!

  9. This is awesome! Thank you so much for the opportunity!

  10. Thanks! The posts are up. My query is on it's way.

  11. Thanks for the offer. Most generous.

  12. ARRRGH! Proofread. My query is on its (not it is) way.

  13. So does this mean we can re-publicize for your authors, take your critique of our queries from the first round, redo and resend?

    If not that's okay, but I'm a big believer in asking. :)

  14. Thank you for doing this. I found my critique very helpful!