How many of you have realized I’m not a typical blogger?
What is a blogger?
What’s a blog?
I don’t know. I set up my website to share my novels, short stories and poetry with you guys. Mainly because if I’m writing it, I might as well write it for someone to enjoy! Rather than the novels going to the ‘black hole’ folder in my laptop (not even proverbially but actually cuz the file is called black hole).
For novels I’ve edited to almost their death, they move to the black hole and I start a new one. Editing sucks but querying sucks more.
So I write more stories.
I enjoy writing and I find sometimes its an adventure for me as well. To learn what happens to the characters as they move through my words.
Anyway, back to my point. I think this is dubbed my first ever Blog post since, and this is only my understanding, a blog post is meant to teach, share or tell something.
This blog post, is about querying agents. The do’s- do nots, and frustrations of querying.
• Do make it personal. Each agent wants to feel connected somehow to who you are. If it’s copied and pasted, how do they feel connected?
• Don’t be creepy. In typing free range thoughts, I myself have stopped from going too far down the rabbit hole. Some of my queries have probably ended on a way too personal note of my life. I think there’s been tears even, mixed in with the crumbs of mad typing snacks on my keyboard.
• Do make it short and concise.
• Don’t hide any cool details. (Ie. the ending) which I hate divulging. It’s like cutting open my guts to show what my mad typing snack had been! That too, I feel is too personal. But this is what I’ve read. Somewhere. (No, I’m not making this up as I go)
• Do wait before sending query to another agent at the same agency. Not like a week or anything, wait until you damn near forgot what that novel was about before querying another.
• Don’t reply to rejection emails (even when you so desperately want to say, “OMG you have no idea how happy you made me by simply saying NO THANK YOU.” Honestly, there was no sarcasm in that statement. I truly read and reread rejection letters often. That recognition (even in a negative way) is so amazing to my confidence as a writer. But you’re not allowed to reply, mainly because agents have enough emails to push through. Don’t add to their workload.
• Do keep trying, writing, editing, living and loving. No reply isn’t the end of the world.
• Don’t stop.
• Do look for more matching agencies at all times.
• Don’t forget to keep track of queries.
• Do realize this information is shared by an unpublished author aka someone that’s queries have NOT had a positive response (ie. an agent that replies stating they would love to read my work).
• Don’t throw the toaster in your tub yet. Someone will bite, chew slowly and painfully on your toast, before they spread some jam on it and sell to the mass millions of readers that are carnivorously hungry for reading material. Especially from new authors.