Writing a Query is HARD!

Consider the title of this post my "duh" statement for the year.  This week I've been thinking life would be so much easier if I could just write a novel to explain my novel.  Seriously.  I would also vastly prefer to illustrate my novel with stick figures, or better yet, I would just send the illustration Natalie Whipple drew of  Jade and Jet arguing.  That would get fulls requested for sure! 

I know there are a few of you out there who love writing query letters.  You baffle and amaze me.  I have rewritten my query one ga-jillion times and cannot come close to your awesomeness.  Yet I persevere (insert heroic, martyresque  music). I continue writing and rewriting until my eyes are crossed and I am roaming my house like a query-brained zombie, mumbling plot lines like lyrics from a pesky song. 

I need a distraction stat.  I think I still have some of the Chocolate cow pie Jessie sent me.  I'm going downstairs to look for it...

16 comments:

  1. What? The version I saw two weeks ago was already superior to my query letter, yet you're not satisfied with it? I'm slinking back into my cave now to rewrite mine.

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  2. I HATE writing query letters! I never quite mastered them and really, really hope I never have to experience the pain again. :-)

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  3. Query letters can die a painful death as far as I'm concerned. They are horrible creations. A necessary evil. I like your idea of writing a novel to explain our novels. That would work much better for me. :) But the main thing I took away from this post is: You still have chocolate cow pie? Now that baffles me. Chocolate doesn't last more than a few days in my house.

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  4. Go read Elana's Blog for an hour or two - her recent series on the query letter is spectacular! :-)

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  5. Persevere! Persevere!

    You can do it, Candice. Really. I think your query is fantastic, so no stress!

    That said, who am I to tell someone not to stress about a query letter?

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  6. Here is the key though...you're improving. And that's fantastic. You'll get there soon. :) right?

    *ducks to avoid flying cow pie*

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  7. Yep. They're hard. I loved the post that Nathan Bransford did on specificity in queries last week. A great illustration. If you haven't read it, you might want to.

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  8. For me...this qualifies as one of the biggest understatements of the year. I believe that query letters will end up being my achilles heel!

    I definitely feel your pain!!!

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  9. I wrote my query when my idea was just an idea, and it's helped to keep brevity in my query although it has still changed a lot. I can't believe you are still eating the chocolate poo, but I hope that it inspires you.

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  10. Stick figures? Definitely. The agents always say "nothing fancy", and since stick figures are nothing fancy, I'd say go for it.

    Bad advice.

    I heard a good one recently: Have someone who read your book write your query. It won't be what you submit to an agent because you'll want it to be in your voice, but there is something magic in seeing the book's summary from someone else's eyes.

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  11. ahhh i totally know what you mean. you don't even want to see the first query letter i ever sent out. i don't even want to see it. too embarrassing. *cringe*

    but it does get easier. hang in there! (and eat lots of chocolate!) i have an agent now, but i don't think that means i'll ever have to stop pitching ideas. querying is an invariable element of the writing process.

    ugh.

    more chocolate?

    tehe. great post.

    thanks!

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  12. I just began trying to write one and boy are you right. Good luck!
    BTW, why am I on your follower list twice? It had something to do with my google reader I'm pretty sure. Weird.

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  13. I don't believe I've ever seen anyone who likes to write query letters. good luck!

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  14. This is the hard part for sure. Go check out Query Ninja and Query Shark. They both have some incredible tips and can REALLY help anything you've come up with. Expert advice = better chances!!

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