I’m back…

It’s been two months since I last posted and for good reason. First, my laptop contracted a horrible virus. I had reinstall Windows XP (glad I saved all those start-up disks!), and then reloaded all my programs and what not. That took about two weeks. After I got my bearings, I went full throttle and focused on the query for my book.

To say the least , the query process is sobering. I have six rejections out of thirteen letters sent out (seven are without a response). As of this week, I have scrapped my old query for a new, tighter one. My previous query was bloated with detail and was all over the place. I know this because I went to Writers.net and got some unbiased feedback. Basically, I had a few folks slap upside the head and bring back down to Earth.

Agents are busy people. They don’t have time to sift through War and Peace style query letters. Give them the hook, plot, and conflict – that’s it. If you (or I) can’t do it, time to rethink the query process. That’s what I did.

The other thing I learned about the query process, stick your guns. My wife asked my why I kept tinkering with my query. I didn’t have a good idea why, but I know that it wasn’t the best it could be. What I have now I think is the real deal, and I have to be ready to ride this one out. If I don’t, then I have no idea what’s not working. The query? my novel? This is the risk in querying – believe in you what you’re pitching and stick with it. That little voice in my head constantly questioned if my query was any good, and as a result I kept changing it. In hindsight, I should have stopped sending out letters until I was confident in the end result. I’m getting there now, and will once again continue my assault on the literary world.

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