Sunday, August 29, 2010

My brain is about to implode...

So I've been working on the elusive query letter the last two days. For those of you not familiar with the writing world, a query letter is like the cover letter to a resume--an introduction to your work to an author agent. As you might imagine, the query letter is crucially important. If an agent is not hooked by your letter, then you might as well get accustomed to the slush pile.

I've been struggling with infusing voice into my query letter. My first 100 or so versions were more geared towards a synopsis, which is a huge no-no. Finally after making friends with some fellow authors on a writers' forum, I have a better idea of what to shoot for.

Another one of my problems is that my story is very complex. Many events contribute to later events, and so to mention one and not the other in my query has severely short changed my novel.

But hopefully I will persevere. And I will post my query here when I am prepared to start sending it out.

In other news, after hashing out various plot points, I think that there some changes that I can make to my current manuscript to make it more compelling. I have, once again, to thank the few intrepid souls who posed a few good questions to me regarding my motives (and thus my characters' motives.) I have a feeling that the next few days will see me busily making changes.

Hopefully for the better.


  1. Isn't it crazy how attempting to write a query letter makes you see spots you need to work on in the MS? I cut a plotline and added a POV character after my first try at a query! Best of luck--sometimes I find putting it aside for awhile works best :)

  2. Queries are pretty tough! Just think of it as one of those packaged toys that come in plastic and a fancy cardboard box. The front is cut out so you can see the inside pieces--but there's always more than that. Your story is the toy inside. The query is the packaging that'll slim your pocket book :)