I finally did it. I sent my very first query letter! Now I impatiently await my very first rejection! This is all very exciting. I love my story, don’t get me wrong. I hope an agent will like it too, someday. I have no idea how long it will take, or how many letters I will have to send but I know someone will like it enough to want to represent it.
Meanwhile I am going over my manuscript yet again, looking for anything out of place. Spit polishing, just in case…so it’ll be ready. lol I am going to try not to do that all the time. 🙂 I have a folder ready and waiting for my letter, I am hoping it will have some words of encouragement or some advice and won’t just be a form rejection.
In other news I have been working on WIP 2, my Nano project. I love that project and I think it has a lot of potential.
Seriously. It’s like learning a new language, and then trying to teach it to someone else in 150 words or less. I am learning though. I am getting better, slowly. I seem to have a real block against writing it how I want. I see how I want it to be, I start writing…I think, hey, that’s not bad. And then I realize it’s basically the same thing as the first one I wrote. lol Hmmm……
I need to go about it in a different way. Or, possibly accept that my query letter isn’t going to look like so and so, and so and so, and so and so’s query letter. No matter how much I like that format. I must ponder and decide what I want to do. I’ve given myself until Friday. Why Friday? Because a very famous agent has open submission, for the first time in forever. And it ends Friday.
I want to submit my query, I’m in a hurry to get my first rejection letter. 😀
Or, more accurately, reading everything I can find on how to write a query letter. This has actually been a lot of fun, and I am learning a lot. The art of the query letter is both completely subjective and strictly conformist.
Hmmm…so I have been reading query letters that have worked, and query letters that haven’t. My favorite reading has been Query Shark, that blog is amazing. People send their query letters in, and the query shark, literary agent Janet Reid tears them to pieces. She then helps them to write better letters. Sometimes.
Sometimes there’s really no hope for the letter and it’s pretty funny.
I have learned a ton, just from reading her entire blog and I’ve put into practice what I am learning. I still haven’t created the perfect query letter, but I feel it’s getting close!