Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Query Kombat Round 3 Starts Now!




Here we go! Round 3!

Entries are on Mike's Blog! This round lasts until June 22nd at 8 pm.


On Thursday, the hosts will call out for extra judges to come and break ties, or in case of extra close votes to try and get a more decisive margin. 

The entry with the most votes for Victory moves forward to the fourth round on June 24th!


Kombatants will not have any more chances to revise for the rest of the contest.


Reminders for the Entrants:

No commenting on your own entries until the last day of the round. If there is a problem with your entry, shout out to us on Twitter as soon as you can. If you don't have Twitter, you may comment on your entry telling me the mistake.

Also, we tried our hardest to make the match-ups as fair as possible and against as similar stories as possible. But, obviously, this is impossible to do perfectly and some match-ups may seen very random. We apologize for this but it's an evil of the system.

Kombatants should comment on 4 other match-ups to help share the love around!


Reminders for the Judges:

Wait until after one of us hosts comments on each entry first and reply to that comment to cast your votes. Try making your votes objective instead of subjective (but if you really love an entry subjectively, don't even feel bad about saying it was a subjective vote - subjectivity rules!).

Make sure to post under your nicknames!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Query Kombat Round 3 Matchups







Round three is coming up in just a few days. The round starts on June 20th at 8:00 a.m. and continues until June 22nd at 8:00 p.m. EDT.

Round three will be hosted only on Mike's blog.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please leave a
comment or tweet us: @ravenousrushing @michelle4laughs @lh_writes.

Round 3 Match Ups


Bounty and the Beast Switcher


Mother of All Custody Battles v   From Gutters to Galleries



Super Powers and Problems  v  Boy Band Ninja Assassins



Delicious Vicious Cycles  v  Life as a Dumpster Fire



Book Boys Gone Wild v   Nowhere Land



Alabama With Hunters Girl of Your Nightmares 



This Selkie Can't Swim v   Hero by Default



Perfectly Imperfect Princess v   Be Grateful for Cookies


Good Luck Sweet 16 Kombatants!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Query Kombat Round 2: Take No Prisoners


Here we go! Round 2!


Entries are on my blog and Michelle's blog! This round lasts until June 16th at 8 pm.


On Friday the hosts will call out for extra judges to come and break ties, or in case of extra close votes to try and get a more decisive margin. 

The entry with the most votes for Victory moves forward to the third round on June 20th! Winners may send in a revised entry to the Query Kombat email by Monday, June 18 at 8:00 am. Use the same format. 


Kombatants will not have any more chances to revise for the rest of the contest.


Reminders for the Entrants:

No commenting on your own entries until the last day of the round. If there is a problem with your entry, shout out to us on Twitter as soon as you can. If you don't have a Twitter, you may comment on your entry telling me the mistake.

Also, we tried our hardest to make the match-ups as fair as possible and against as similar stories as possible. But, obviously, this is impossible to do perfectly and some match-ups may seen very random. We apologize for this but it's an evil of the system.

Kombatants should comment on 4 other match-ups to help share the love around!


Reminders for the Judges:

Wait until after one of us hosts comments on each entry first and reply to that comment to cast your votes. Try making your votes objective instead of subjective (but if you really love an entry subjectively, don't even feel bad about saying it was a subjective vote - subjectivity rules!).

Make sure to post under your nicknames!

Query Kombat Round 2: FROM GUTTERS TO GALLERIES vs. STANDS BY UNTIL HE DOESN'T

Title: Only When I Fall
Entry Nickname: From Gutters to Galleries
Word count: 80K
Genre: Upmarket Fiction

Query Kombat Round 2: LIFE AS A DUMPSTER FIRE vs. THE NOSE KNOWS

Title: ORPHAN
Entry Nickname: Life as a Dumpster Fire
Word Count: 103k
Genre: Speculative Noir, #ownvoices

Query Kombat Round 2: HERO BY DEFAULT vs. ALTERNATIVE FACTS

Title: The Mortal Coil
Entry Nickname: Hero by Default
Word count: 80K
Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy

Query Kombat Round 2: THE HALF-ORPHAN'S HANDBOOK vs. BOOK BOYS GONE WILD

TitleDead Parents Camp
Entry Nickname: The Half-Orphan's Handbook
Word count: 62K
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Query Kombat Round 2: WE KINDA DESTROYED PARIS vs. THIS SELKIE CAN'T SWIM

Title: THE BONES OF PARIS
Entry Nickname: We kinda destroyed Paris
Word count: 72K
Genre: YA contemporary fantasy. Own voices

Query Kombat Round 2: KAZA vs. BOY BAND NINJA ASSASSINS

Title: The Tsar's Heir
Nickname: Kaza
Word count: 110, 000K
Gendre: YA fantasy

Query Kombat Round 2: BE GRATEFUL FOR COOKIES vs. DOGS AND CHICKENS AND DRAGONS, OH MY!

Title: Plus-Size
Entry Nickname: Be Grateful For Cookies
Word Count: 40,000
Genre: Middle Grade Contemporary 

Query Kombat Round 2: SUPER SPACE NERD vs. ALABAMA WITCH HUNTERS

Title: The Adventures of Kirby Daring
Entry Nickname: Super Space Nerd
Word Count: 35K
Genre: MG Science Fiction

Monday, June 12, 2017

Query Kombat Agent Round Wrap Up and Round 2 Matchups


The Agent Round of Query Kombat 2017 has come to a close with a grand total of 123 requests spread across 35 entries.



I'd like to give a HUGE thanks to all the agents who came out to help make the Agent Round a success. And thanks to the Judges who whipped our Kombatants into shape!

Below are Agent Round stats we figured would get you riled up for Round 2. If you keep reading, you might even find Round 2 Match Ups.

Remember, only sixteen of you will advance. Good luck Kombatants, and good luck Judges. Both groups have a tough road ahead.







Agent Round Stats:


Highest number of requests for an entry: 14
Total number of Wild Cards played: 17
Most requested host: Mike

Laura's Blog

From Gutters to Galleries vs. Stands By Until He Doesn't
The Nose Knows vs. Life as a Dumpster Fire
Alternative Facts vs. Hero by Default
Book Boys Gone Wild vs. he Half-Orphan's Handbook
This Selkie Can't Swim vs. We Kinda Destroyed Paris
Boy Band Ninja Assassins vs. Kaza
Be Grateful for Cookies vs. Dogs and Chickens and Dragons, Oh My!
Alabama With Hunters vs. Super Space Nerd

Michelle's Blog

Bounty and the Beast vs. Beards 
Three Men and an Actuary vs. Mother of All Custody Battles
I Fell for a Convicted Felon vs. Delicious Vicious Cycles
Switcher vs. The Barringer Museum
 Super Powers and Problems vs. Asteroid Snacks
Cheshire Hearts Alice vs. Girl of Your Nightmares
 Estella + Ayron  vs. Nowhere Land
Bust the Bubble Wrap vs. Perfectly Imperfect Princess

Good Luck Kombatants!!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

THE QUERY KOMBAT AGENT ROUND IS HERE!!!

Here we go! The agent round! Before you dive in, please - agents and entrants - read this post!


Agents, entrants are spread out over all three blogs. You can also find them at Michelle's blog and Mike’s blog

Agents will request by saying, “I want to see more of this!” and leaving their submission instructions. (Kombatants: Don’t forget to put QUERY KOMBAT Request in your subject line when sending material!)

As you remember, agent requests will stay hidden until an entry is knocked out of the tournament. 


The number of pages you’ll send depends on how far you go in Query Kombat!


It's because we're super evil. Here's how the system works:

Host Saves or Round 2 knockout = 30 page request
Round 3 knockout = 50 page request
Round 4 knockout = 100 page request
Round 5 knockout = 150 page request
Round 6 knockout = 200 page request
GRAND CHAMPION = Full request



For instance, getting knocked out in the third round means an entrant will send 50 pages to any agent who requested their work. The grand champion winner from the final round will see their requests bumped up to a full. Host Saves will be allowed to see their requests immediately as they are not continuing to the 2nd round.

Each agent gets 2 wild cards! (In the case of a wild card, said wild card is displayed immediately, giving Kombatants a reason to watch the blogs.)


If an agent sees an entry where the minimum of 30 pages isn’t enough, they can play a wild card and name their amount of pages and get their request immediately! If they fall in love and absolutely want a full, the wild card will let them do that.


However, only two wild cards can stand per entry. That means only the first two wild cards count. After that, agents will have to wait until the entry is knocked out. 

So that’s it! Commenting on entries is only allowed for agents. 
Kombatants can mix and mingle on twitter but can’t comment, with the exception of this post where they can leave questions.

Best of luck and May the Requests Be With You! BATTLE ON!

Query Kombat Agent Round 1. BEARDS, Adult Romantic Comedy (Own voices)

Title: Chai, Beards, and Harmony
Entry Nickname: Beards
Word count: 71K
Genre: Contemporary Adult Rom-Com (Own Voices)

Query Kombat Agenet Round 2. THREE MEN AND AN ACTUARY, Adult WF

Title: Drowning in Perfect
Entry Nickname: Three Men and an Actuary
Word Count: 93K
Genre: Women’s Commercial Fiction

Query Kombat Agent Round 3. FROM GUTTERS TO GALLERIES, Adult Upmarket

Title: Only When I Fall
Entry Nickname: From Gutters to Galleries
Word count: 80K
Genre: Upmarket Fiction

Query Kombat Agent Round 4. SWITCHER, Adult UF

Title: The Switcher Chronicles
Entry Nickname: Switcher
Word Count: 96,000
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy

Query Kombat Agent Round 5: ASTEROID SNACKS, Adult SF

Title: The Crows of Phobos
Entry Nickname: Asteroid Snacks
Word count: 84K
Genre: Adult Science Fiction

Query Kombat Agent Round 6: ALTERNATIVE FACTS, YA Contemporary

Title: All Intents and Purposes
Entry nickname: Alternative Facts
Word count: 68K
Genre: YA Contemporary

Query Kombat Agent Round 7: CHESHIRE 💜s ALICE, YA Contemporary (Own voices)

Title: FEMSLASH
Entry Nickname: Cheshire 💜s  Alice!
Word count: 70k
Genre: YA Contemporary
#ownvoices bisexual, mental health