I know I'm not the only one who's written query letters upon query letters, finally giving up, crumpling the offending paper into a tiny ball and screaming, "AIGH! THIS IS ALL A BUNCH OF DRIVEL! WHY CAN'T I DO IT? WHYYYYYYYY??????"
*ahem* Or maybe that is only me.
At any rate, Query Shark is designed to help you out with that. The guy behind it will review query letters for free and post them complete with critique on his blog, queryshark.blogspot.com. If you can handle scathing reviews of your letter being posted on the Internets for all to see, then he's got some really excellent advice that will help ya cut through the crap and find something that might impress a literary agent or publisher. Hope this helps somebody out, because I know it's decreased the number of ex-query-letter paper balls in my wastebasket by nearly fifty percent. And I've just been reading the letters that were posted.
In completely unrelated news, my family and I went to a fireworks festival this weekend, and in the hotel where we were staying, someone was having a theme wedding, with all the guests in costume. That's not the crazy part, though. The crazy part is that the theme was Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.