We're going to post frequently about ways QueryTracker.net, QueryTracker.net Forum, and RallyStorm can help you become a better writer, find an agent, and get published. To that end, let's get started at the beginning -- what exactly are these sites, and why would you want to use them?
If you're a veteran of the query process, you know how hard it can be to keep track of agent information, submissions, and the responses to your submissions. Maybe you've spent hours digging through Writer's Market or printing off pages from AgentQuery or PublishersMarketplace. Maybe you've created elaborate tables, spreadsheets, or lists. You've almost certainly found yourself thinking, There has to be an easier way to do this.
QueryTracker.net not only helps writers find agents, it gives them a way to organize their notes, their submissions, and their responses in one convenient place. As writers record their experiences with different agents, that information is compiled, analyzed, and returned in the form of agent-specific trends and statistics. As a result, writers can make informed decisions about who to query and what to expect when they do.
In 2008, QueryTracker.net first made Writer's Digest's popular Top 101 Sites for Writers list.
(And best of all, QueryTracker.net is free! An affordable premium subscription is available if you want even more data and statistics.)
QueryTracker.net Forum is a community of QueryTracker.net users who support one another and help each other out. Newcomers are always welcome, and members are enthusiastic about helping with query letters, synopses, and the first five pages of manuscripts. There are also areas to share information about literary agents, find out about scams and scammers, and just have a little fun!
RallyStorm is a social networking site that takes the best ideas from places like Facebook and combines them with the best ideas from places like Google Groups. Once you've become a RallyStorm member, you can join one of the many existing groups or create one of your own. Your groups can be small private forums for family or friends only, or large public forums to interact with others who share your interests.
Since many of the earliest members of RallyStorm are actually QueryTracker users, you will find a number of groups dedicated to writers, most of them open to newcomers. Some of the most popular are YA Authors on RallyStorm, Adult Fiction, the NaNoWriMo Support Group, Speculative Fiction Authors, and Romance Writers of RallyStorm.
Go and check them out!