Today I got the latest Writer’s Digest magazine in the mail, and the first thing I saw splashed across the page in bold letters was the title, “25 Agents Who Want Your Work”. Eek! Really? My heart did a slow somersault because I was sure Chuck Sambuchino was speaking directly to me. Look here! These agents are hungry now. They are dying for exactly your book. I grabbed a red Sharpie and began circling every listed agent who takes my genre, with ideas to send out queries before the end of the day. Woohoo!
And then the voice of reason piped up. She’s such a buzz kill.
No jumping ahead. Not this time. Last year I sent out queries too soon and I learned that being “almost ready” doesn’t cut it in this industry. If you have a nagging suspicion that there might be something wrong with one or two of your scenes, and you think maybe it’ll just slide under the agent’s radar, think again. So here I am now, standing at the edge of the query pool, and holding. I’d like to stick my toe in to test the water, but I can see the sharks circling from here. Sorry Chuck. Back to edits, I go.
If you’re feeling brave, check out Query Shark. This blog offers great advice, including detailed examples on how to revise your query letter to have the desired impact. You can even submit your own query and they will critique it for all the world to see. Happy swimming!