Nathan Bransford started an interesting discussion yesterday about web sites that poke fun at writers' queries. For those of you unfamiliar with queries, a query is a short letter to agents and editors that "pitches" a book. It's an attempt by a writer to get an agent/editor to read his novel and, ultimately, offer representation.
There's a definite art to writing an effective query, and I'll save that discussion for a later day. However, there are lots of web sites out there that use queries to teach new writers how to pitch their books. Some of the web sites from literary agents, editors, and even other published and unpublished writers offer constructive, helpful criticism; others are just plain cruel.
I've always believed that those web sites that make fun of queries are just plain tacky. I tend to ignore them. What do you think?