Query letters have been on my mind a lot lately. I hope to be in a position to start sending out query letters (again) within a few months. Last summer, armed with the certainty that my MS was completely amazing, I sent out about ten query letters. What happened? Say it with me: ten rejections.
I know I should not let a mere ten rejections make me doubt myself. After all, this puts me in good company. JK Rowling’s Sorcerer’s Stone was rejected by twelve publishing houses. Gone with the Wind was rejected 38 times. A Wrinkle in Time was rejected 26 times. (For more life-affirming rejection stories, check out this wonderful link.)
But I knew there was something just not quite right about my query letter. So I put off sending anymore and I’ve read everything I’ve come across since then about query letters. Just last week, there was this helpful Q&A post by literary agent Linda Epstein. One of my favorite sites has become Query Shark.
I’ve also enjoyed my newfound (somewhat obsessive) relationship with Twitter and the agents I’ve found there who drop interesting tidbits from time to time.
I’ve also taken this time to apply more new-found tips and suggestions to my MS and have found a wonderful crit parter who will no doubt help me in making my MS extra shiny before I try to send it out again.
What is the best advice you’ve heard when it comes to query letters? What websites have pointed you in the right direction? Who are some of the best agents to follow on Twitter? Please share your knowledge … I’m needy today!