Monthly Archives: September 2011

Straight to business on query

Writing the painstaking query letter has proven not to be easy. Taking the entire story, wrapping it up into a tiny small package, and still hitting key points minus all the background, explanation, imagery, and art. I have fluffed, puffed, fumbled, and strained my manuscript in attempts to make something that is reminiscent of a professional query letter. I have only gotten a single bite, requesting more information from the query I  was using. I decided to change things up a bit, but found a conversation in the forum, which swayed my eye.

Appropriately titled “I am DONE querying” the young lady vents about the frustrations of querying. From this she tells the world that she plans to self-publish. There is response upon response giving credit to trying to query, but also offering support and encouragement for the process. I was distracted by this momentarily, but then got back to my query letter.

I stared at the blank word document. I wanted to start fresh. After staring and toiling over how I should structure the hook, where I should start, the verbiage and feel of the words and sentences as a whole. One sentence continued to go through my head. It summed up the entire book, and if phrased correctly could draw interest. I went at it. Cut out the fluff, description, and specifics to tell of what the book was about. Two sentences that wrap up what the book is about,

“A small group of Christians, deemed a terrorist group, must be defeated. President Andrew Rakford is the man to do so, but at the risk of being called the anti-christ.”

So the deal is, I have submitted this query to several agents. I have also posted this on where it has gotten some great feedback. Here’s hopin’! But hey, if I don’t get the representation I seek, I can always go it alone. (again) It won’t be a problem.

Maybe it is too much

How a year goes by. It has been almost an entire year since I first began querying. I have not received such great responses from my letter. Maybe I have tried to hard. Maybe I have sent out my letters too soon. Maybe I just don’t have a book that will be seen as a “great read” by the masses. It seems that every time I vow to spend more time on my work, I get lost in my full time job. I get lost in the politics, and in the thought process of “how am I going to be better than I was the day before?”

Maybe it is too much. I don’t seem to have enough hours in a day. My new thing is trying to sleep only seven hours instead of the traditional eight. It’s only one hour of sleep lost, but over the course of one hundred years, it could be a matter of four years! I just quickly wanted to rant for a bit regarding these things, as I sit here drinking wine to the point of intoxication, previous to sleep. This intoxication thus prevents my productivity in the evening while I’m getting there, and the day after when the laziness of the drug kicks in. Drinking sucks for those of us that want to achieve everything. Yet I wonder why the hell I continue to do so.  That is, however, for a whole different topic or conversation. For now I am happy to be writing here in my blog. I so dearly need to get some rest.