I like to work backwards. I'm at the beginning of two new manuscripts, and I always write my query letter after I have written the first chapter, and I have an overal plot scheme in my head. I do this so that I won't become so bogged down in the details of the story I cannot write a short, catchy back of the book query. Since I'm about to embark on writing not one but two queries I have managed to initiiate all my ususal stall tactics. Don't we all hate writing the query? Anyway, I remembered writing a list of the ways I stalled in writing my queries, and I dug out that list to see if I really did do those things. Sure enough I do many of these things time and time again. Here is my personal list.
1.Write a Query Letter for someone else - It's easier because you have nothing personal at stake.
2.Cook a gourmet dinner - even though you do not know how to cook.
3.Start on a new novel - since this one is a pain in the butt.
4.Critique someone elses work - who has already been published and does not really need your advice.
5.Spend several hours reading on-line about how to write a query letter - then tell yourself you will start tomorrow.
6.Have a glass of wine - now you are tooooo tired to do it, so you can just go to bed.
7.Read the backs of a bunch of books to get ideas - but hey, now all you want to do is read those books and forget the dreaded query.
8.Go back and revise your manuscript even though it had been revised 10,000 times.
9.Browse the internet for what agents say about query letters that caught their eyes then you realize they all say JUST DO IT.
10.Write a blog about how to put off a query and when you come to the end, force your nimble little fingers to go straight to your own blank query letter!
Gotcha - Go Write That Letter and Get Published!
Do you recognize any of these stall tactics in yourself?
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Ten Ways to Put off the Dreaded Query Letter
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