After a billion and nine rewrites, I hit the send button on my query letter.
That’s right. As we speak, it is sitting snugly in agent’s inboxes, waiting for one word to change the fate of its existence forever (dramatic? I am a writer).
Honestly? I can’t begin to describe the feeling of printing out a few pages of my book for the first time and holding them. Sure, it was only 20 pages, but it felt good. Scary, but good. So far, all my queries except one have been emails to the USA. The only Australian agency I picked for this round wanted a hardcopy.
I’m kind of glad they did.
I really loved that moment of holding a few printed pages of my book. Giving a goofy smile. Taking a photo.
Please, let’s not consider what I’ll be like if I get a book deal.
I’m no authority on the subject of query letters. BUT, I have done my research. (Sometimes, I think I’ve done too much research and my head is busting with information about queries, do’s and don’t’s, advice, tips, things that tick one agent’s boxes, but will annoy another.) So, I’m going to share some links with you!
There are very knowledgable people out there who will give their advice on query letters for free. That’s right: FREE. Research before you query. No exceptions.
– And Literary Rambles hosts Agent Spotlights, where you can get quick links to agents’ interviews, preferences, websites, and profiles around the web. I love this place.
– And because you can never get enough examples, here are 23 query letters that sold!
Query is hard (and freaky!) work. Who are we kidding? I’m NOT calm.
But learning the “waiting game” is a pretty important part of this business. I’m querying in batches of 8 agents, and I’ll basically need to wait 6 or 8 weeks between each batch. Which is why, I must admit, I’m writing so many new books. Keep – busy – or – freak – out.
I won’t blog about my efforts after this, though. I read (see? Research pays off!) that’s not good to calculate (or moan) about rejections or even partials. Consider me sealed like a tomb!
Wait. Not a good picture.
Quiet as a mouse?
Silent as the grave?
Safe as a bank?
And to think I write books…
PS Anyone else querying out there?! I bet you’re totally calm and patient…