I emerge from the billowing mists of Work/Life to turn your eyes briefly to something special: Nathan Bransford's Agent for A Day Contest. This is really fantastic-- Nathan Bransford has posted/is posting 50 real queries throughout the day with 3 real published authors' queries hidden somewhere within, and your job is to find the three amongst the rest.
I don't normally post about contests (or at all, the cheekier of you might be inclined to say-- simmer down), but this one caught my eye not because you might win something but because there is so much for writers to gain from it. I got about 5 into it before I realized how quickly going through these starts to jade you toward what might otherwise be good books. You simply have to-- you can only request five, and you'll get bogged down if you stop to consider how each one might be really good and how you might have just overlooked it. This is how it is every day for agents, I gather, and really hammers home why and how you need to make your query stand out. Kudos to Nathan Bransford for desigining it-- this just wouldn't work without the contest incentive to force people to view it with a real eye towards finding the right ones (just like an agent).
Much thanks to anywherebeyond for pointing this out first.