As you know, I'm working on my current query letter (if you didn't know that, see the immediate post below). While scouring the internet I stumbled upon a recent blog post by Janet Reid, "I don't feel bad in the least bit" where she addresses query letters and the inability of writers to tell what their novel's about. She doesn't want marketing, she wants meat.
I know this. I know it, I know it, I know it. Then why do I always included marketing lines in my queries?!!!?
I would like to contradict Ms. Reid's statement that "the people who are doing this have never read this, or any other blog. They've certainly never availed themselves of the hundred or so examples at QueryShark." Because trust me, I read agents' blogs, I fret over my query letter and I submit said letters to query workshops (AQ Connect for one and recently the Public Query Slushpile).
Writing query letters suck. Bottom line. Writing novels are "fun." Selling them are not. BUT I'm not going to complain (anymore) - I'm going to keep revamping my query letter until a wonderful agent is able to read it and feel as passionate about my mystery novel as I do.
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