Where I am at This Point and Query Letters
After finishing my novel in Aprill, I did the first few edits and printed the first draft with the help of NaNoWriMo.org and CreateSpace. I did this mostly so that I could have a little keepsake; so that if I get published legitimately I can see how far I’ve come. Now I’m working on my second draft— starting with removing any unwanted
“that”s—and having a few people read the first draft. I’ve also discovered that there’s something worse than editing: writing query letters.
I’ve found that trying to make yourself and your work sound like an agent needs to represent you or else the world will be less awesome for it, is the most difficult thing I’ve done thus far in this process. Query letters remind me of those essays that colleges ask for one to write so that their chances of getting accepted are higher. And I hated those too. Though, personally, they were easier because they weren’t really about something terribly important on a personal level unlike writing about my novel which is practically my child.
The hardest part is making a query sound enticing without being untrue to oneself and sounding gimmicky. It would be easy to make it sound fantastically amazing if I could sound like a cheesy movie trailer without making a fool of myself; This summer… will you be able to handle the action? the heartbreak? THE PURE AWESOMENESS?! that is the PROPHECIES OF THE NOMANI! Experience the Ethe and the Umerid of Daieru in 3D! Coming soon to theaters near you!
But there has been some salvation. Query Shark has a great blog about queries that has been a tremendous help and a fabulous resource for me as I try to create the best possibly query for the novel/series. With the Query Sharks help, I’m hoping to start sending queries out soon and I’ll be sure to post more about how that goes. Thanks for reading. Until next time…