Just a quick hit blog post on a topic many aspiring or indie authors will be interested in:
Literary Agent Kathleen Ortiz of Lowenstein Associates is having a query contest this week on her blog. Three winners will get a full critique of their query from Ms. Ortiz. It's a great opportunity for your writers out there to get some professional feedback on the hook for your magnum opus.
More and more agents are doing things like this, and to my way of thinking it is valuable for many authors. I am actually submitting to agents at the moment, but even if you're going to self-publish, professional feedback about your hook is always helpful in figuring out how best to use it to promote your book.
So what do you have to do? Well, you can check out the exact rules on her blog at http://kortizzle.blogspot.com/2010/02/query-contest.html. She's got an easy way and a hard way, so choose. . .wisely.