Monday, April 18, 2011

Short, sweet, and to the point

I'm giving a big shout out to Tammy from TC McKee to say THANKS for the wonderful words on her post Friday.  If you've never read her blog, check it out-- she always seems to put a smile on my face.

Friday, while waiting to hear back from my CP's, I decided to start working on my query.  I forgot how difficult these things are to write.  Wanting to use just the right words in just the right way to get your story across without telling too much or making the person reading it go "What???"

It's getting it to be short, sweet, and to the point that was evading me.  By Saturday morning I had thirteen versions, and while each was an improvement over the previous version, something was still missing.  I decided to let it rest (send it to a trusted friend to look over and comment on) and come back to it later.  That was the best thing I could have done.  That second (and third) set of eyes helped me find what was missing, and clarify those murky spots.

Have you written your query yet?  Did you find any secrets you care to share that made writing it easier?  I know Elana Johnson has a great book on it here that was very helpful for me.  What resources have you found?


  1. Queries are evil. Good luck, I've always struggled with them!

  2. Awe, thanks. You made me tear up. I downloaded Elana's e-book too. One can never have too much info where queries are concerned. How can one page be so hard? It is though. I say we use them for dart practice. I don't play darts but I could start. I've written my query about 4589 times, okay, maybe half that and it gets better each time, but I'm still not there. I finally shelved it. I'm just gonna wait till I'm done and then do it.


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