Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Why?



So I’ve been trying to rewrite my query and it’s killing me slowly. I’ve read through blogs and books and advice on agent’s sites, but still my query is not getting responses. Is it my title? Is it my story? Is it me? Is it because my website is pink? Or because the moon is in Libra? I do have a tendency to come across as uber serious sometimes in my formal writing, so maybe the query implies that the whole book will be in that vein. Maybe I should write it as if it were period dialogue – at least then they’d get a truer representation of the book. Maybe I should be quirky and cute. Or not. I don’t know.
It doesn’t hurt so much when my query is rejected. There’s actually been nothing in any of the rejections to imply the agents even read anything of mine – so I don’t think it’s the book itself. It’s how I’m selling the book.
I think the next set of query’s I send out will simply say, “Read my damn manuscript!” We’ll see how that goes. Who knows? It might actually work.

2 comments:

Raquel Byrnes said...

You might want to check out The Quintessentially Questionable Query Experiment blog.

http://theqqqe.blogspot.com/

This guy posts successful queries from other authors and goes over why they worked. Its really helpful.

Keep at it...you rock! Love the new "tagline" too! =)

Erin Kane Spock said...

I plan on changing the tagline randomly just for fun. I will probably go back to 'Doing it Elizabethan Style' from time to time. We'll see.

I have read his blog before and, through him, read Alana Johnson's query for a YA book. I actually took her query and used it as a template. I did just add myself as a follower though. I am very blog protocol unsavvy (new word), but I'm learning. :)

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