Four hours of sleep do not a happy writer make...
OK, so it was my fault that I only got said four hours of sleep. Yes. I went to the Harry Potter premiere last night! Yes, I liked it. And yes, it was worth feeling tired. Thank the Lord for coffee!
I've been doing query research lately. There's so many good sites that I've found. Perhaps the most informative has been http://charlottedillon.com/query.html. She has listed a bevy of sites that discuss the query process. Some of the links aren't there any longer, but for the most part, they are all up and running.
One of the links led me to a bright pink page. I'm not a pink gal, but as I contemplated putting on my sunglasses in order to properly see the information on the page, I read this quote: "Your query letter is your key that opens the door to publication." Monica Jackson, the author of the article on http://sormag.com/query/tr.html starts her musings off with that. It's so true. We spend years sometimes on a manuscript, making it perfect, and it comes down to one page. All our hopes and dreams hinge on a couple of paragraphs. I would be lying if I didn't say I wish we could go back to the "good old days" of writers submitting their full manuscripts. I know, I know!Times change, people got busier, correspondence got pushed to a minimum.
I've only written one query before, so this process is especially daunting. I am finding, however, that the more I brainstorm, the easier it is getting. If I think of it as query, I get flustered, stressed. But if I look at it as a summary, I'm able to sit back and chew on it, play around with some ideas. I have one draft so far. It needs a lot of work, but just knowing that I've made some head way puts me a little more at ease.
I apologize for the lack of creativity in this post! My brain is still a bit fuzzy from the HP hangover. I'm blaming nargles...