Is anyone else having a Horshak visual? Hmmmmmm
I finished writing my book. It's 67,745 words. And now comes the dreaded query.
For those of you not in the writing business, a query is simply a brief introductory letter that includes information about the book (length, genre, title), SMALL overview of the book, and information about the author. A query is normally a page.
When I write a query, I always visualize agents and editors as those in charge of "picking" their winning team. Rather like children do in gym. And all the little queries are backed up against the gym wall, praying for someone to pick them fairly soon. Because who likes to be picked last?
Except for in the query world, you don't have to be picked at all. THAT is terrifying.
My little query is already having a slight nervous breakdown. And so am I.
Have I dressed my query correctly? Have I presented it as best I could?
What if my query is wearing a red shirt (body wording is too vivacious), and one of the editors HATES red? Or if they don't like the shoes (closing) my query has? Or the salutation (hat)?
What if my query happens to use a word that makes an agent cringe?
What's a writer to do?
Because I happen to think that when I finish polishing my query, it's beautiful. All fresh-faced and ready to step out into the real world. High hopes and big smiles. And maybe it can play better than others. All it needs is that one chance. Could be the game winner.
So I'll coddle my query today. Make sure every word is strategically placed. Be proud. And then send the baby off to play with the big boys. Because it's ready.
1 year ago