Having got through my ms and several hefty revisions, I’ve reached that awful precipice where it’s time to cast it on unknown and treacherous waters. So I sent out ONE query letter to my absolute top-choice agent (testing the canyon with a toenail) and then, because I can’t spend my entire life hiding out at the barn and am really trying to resist drinking before 10 a.m., I posted the query for comments on another, very active writer’s board.
They tore me to shreds!
Much of the criticism was probably very valid and useful. Mostly, though, it had the effect of making me want to duct-tape my fingers up and keep them far far away from any instruments of creation for the rest of my natural life.
I thought it was a good query. I’ve read countless articles, examples,instructions on what makes a good query letter. Apparently I was wrong.
No worries, I am NOT about to subject this lovely community to it. I am just here to crawl back under my rock and pretend I live in a world where everyone knows and accepts my charm and infallibility forever. Sigh.
I’m thinking that perhaps babysitting small cuddly puppies might be a more appropriate avocation.