Have I done this before? I sure hope not, but with a memory like mine-and a disinclination for actually looking it up-we’ll never know.
Anyway! One of my internet friends is querying right now, which made me think of my time querying, at the end of 2016. So, just in case it’s helpful for other people, here’s The Query Letter That Got Me An Agent, and the breakdown of how I wrote it.Read More »
This past Thursday I sent out my first three query letters. I had meticulously edited them into perfection, had Kevin read them over (he’s a sticker for punctuation, which is my major weakness) and compared them to successful queries the agents I was sending them to had received. (Thanks Writer’s Digest!)
After I sent them off I panicked, tracked them in my spreadsheet, and vowed not to think about it again until the two to three months they said it took to get a response had passed. In the mean time I’d edit some more, start on book two, and prep my next batch of query letters.
Because all the websites say that, right? “Response in 6 weeks,” ” can take up to 8 weeks.” Well guess what.
I woke up the next morning to TWO responses! One rejection (not as painful as I had been expecting, possibly because I hadn’t actually been expecting it yet) and one REQUEST FOR THE FULL MANUSCRIPT!!!!
I was wildly unprepared for that. I’d prepared myself for months and months of rejections and pointed silences. Nothing had told me to anticipate a request less than 24 hours after my first-ever query.
As a result I’ve spent the weekend (thank goodness it was a holiday, right?) making my manuscript as perfect as it can possibly be. Tomorrow I send it off with my heart in my throat. It’ll probably be rejected, of course, but what a start to my querying process!
Do any of you have any querying advice? Stories of woe or elation? What query number are you on? Let me know in the comments.
P.S. You already know my big news, but just in case, my current status is 1 rejection, 1 request for a full manuscript, and 1 confirmation of receipt. Aah!
Whilst I rewrite chapter one over and over until my imaginary writing partner is satisfied, I’m using spare minutes to write query letters.
Query letters are even more high-stakes than just writing my manuscript because you have about a dozen sentences to capture an agent’s interest. If you don’t describe it perfectly then you’ve blown your chance. Talk about nerve-wracking!
Luckily, the internet is full of resources for the terrified new writer and I’ve gathered my favorites.Read More »