Thursday, December 30, 2010

Now what?

Back in November I googled how to get a literary agent, 49 million results!!  After reading what seemed like a hundred different articles I was left with a headache and a fear that my dream might be impossible. 

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A query letter is a formal letter sent to magazine editors, literary agents and sometimes publishing houses or companies. Writers write query letters to propose writing ideas.

Brief overview of a query letter:

From that same website I did an agent search, 75 results!  After looking at every single one and researching each of them I again started to get worried.  I learned it takes 2 weeks to 6 months to hear back from agents.  My nerves are going to be shot checking my email for responses. 

I continued to try to write my query letter, but put it on the back burner because this was something that frightened me tremendously.  To email an overview of my book, which I put so much effort and pride into, and to have someone tell me they didn’t want to look into it.  I know rejection is something I better get used to, but if I didn’t send any out then I wouldn’t get any rejections back!  On the other hand, if I don’t send any out, I wasn’t even given myself a chance for success either. 

1 comment:

  1. I would imagine writing a book is a tremendous and scary feat but just trying to write the query letter is incredible! Geez - that's just as scary and probably even harder since it has to be short, concise, and grab the agent's attention. Major props to you my friend!!! I am so proud of you! (And I really hope I just didn't scare you - totally not my intention.)