Thursday, September 29
It's been years since I've queried.
And I guess I forgot how time consuming it can be. What with the research--who's the perfect agent for this? Okay, who are the perfect fifty agents for this? Who had comments left on Query Tracker today? Are there any updates I need to research?
Then you have to write the query letter and try to find some sort of informational tidbit that you can use to personalize it toward one of the fifty agents. I actually used the fact that we both enjoy the music stylings of Lily Allen in one of my queries. Jury's still out whether that will be a selling point in considering my ten pages.
And now comes the waiting part.
The last time I queried a novel it was done via snail mail.
Told you it'd been a while.
And there's one--and only one--way that I like that better. The mail comes once a day. Way less time consuming.
I'm now checking email on my computer, on my phone at work, at stop lights. I've become obsessed to see "re:query" in my inbox.
I tell myself, "No news is good news" and "It's good--they're considering.." I'm not sure if I'm right or simply delusional.
Nine queries out, one form rejection, eight to go.
Time to check my email.