Sunday, August 9, 2009

Query Help

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.

Onward, ho!


A misinterpreted wave said...

This is going to sound harsh, but I am so glad that you wrote about this, and that you're struggling somewhat. It makes me feel more normal, and that if I have some of the 'same' problems that it is ok.

Thanks so much, and I truly hope that you can write the query you need to write.

Steph Damore said...

That doesn't sound harsh at all. I know what you mean, it's nice to know that it's not just you.

What's even better is we have an online community where we can rant about it all.

Laura Martone said...

Good luck, Steph! As someone who recently put aside her query letter to re-edit her novel, I can say that trying to write the "perfect" query was driving... me... mad! Mad, I tell you.

Steph Damore said...

I'm happy with the letter I have now. I've sent a couple queries out over the weekend - we'll see what happens!