Getting to the Heart of the Matter
I love writing fiction. Putting my flights of fancy into a tangible form is extremely satisfying.
Writing and submitting query letters is Darwinism at its best. Those who follow the published guidelines, know the basic letter format, AND can create a ‘hook’ and synopsis (of varying lengths) will survive. The rest have a tendency to go the way of the Dodo.
Then there is the ‘hook’. How can I get and editor/agent to read more than the first line? AgentQuery.com has a great article about the mechanics of query letters.
It took me six-months to write the synopsis of my manuscript and the first query letter. Getting to the heart of the matter, the kernel of the story, was extremely difficult. It’s not that I didn’t know my story, it was the fact I needed to take out the extraneous and give them the facts. Nothing but the facts.
I’ve learned how to relax about my writing. Step back and see my projects with fresh eyes. This way I could truly give a summary of my project. If I focused to long and hard on it, the results were less than stellar.
Yes, I’ve been rejected – a lot. But I’ve also had successes. I’ve learned to write a better letter by putting myself out there. If we want to be published, querying is a necessary evil. Just relax.
The process of being published is not for the faint of heart. You’ve written your story, now give it the wings to fly.