Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Insecure Writer's Support Group: In the Query Trenches
Just putting in a quick post to let you know how I'm doing.
Well... I found a major issue with the query for Doorways, so now I have a new and infinitely shinier version.
Has the character's voice and everything.
BUT, the tally on the previous query letter is as follows.
Queries sent: 5
Of which: 1 was a form letter which I assume came from the intern, 1 was a form letter which I assume came from the agent and 1 (received today) was a personalized letter.
Didn't get crit on any, but from the last reply: "With regret, though, I'm afraid the material didn't draw me in as much as I had hoped."
It basically tells me two things, although somewhat conflicting. 1) That my story and query letter was okay. 2) That they can be tightened up.
Which is great to know, because as it happens, I decided to go through my story one more time. Already I've found LOTS of places where I could say things better. Also, I find a lot of things where I said almost the identical thing a few sentences before that. So those are going.
So I'm far from giving up. But right now I'm trying to cut out wordage, because I think it's the reason for the first two form rejections. Not sure why, but call it a hunch.
But yeah. That's me for today. Who else is querying? Editing?