Just a quick update to let you guys know where I stand with Dreaded Query. I wrote not one but three query letters. Honestly, I wasn't trying to be over ambitious. I started out by using a pitch I wrote for a blog critique, just to try my hand at actually conjuring up something that could remotely be mistaken for a sales pitch. Surprise: they liked it! I was very encouraged and used that pitch as my first query rough draft. Let's say that was my "what do I think they want to hear" query. Next, I decided to try my hand at the "what's on the back of the book" query. You know, the blurb you read when you pick up an unfamiliar book and flip it over to see what it's all about. I'm going to be honest here. I didn't like how that one turned out at all. So, after wallowing in self loathing for a bit, I decided to throw caution to the wind and write what I wanted. Yes, yes, I followed the "rules". I refrained from being cute and I managed to get out without having inserted one single cliche! The third query was ever so much easier to write. I felt freer and wasn't as nervous while crafting it.
Yesterday afternoon, my husband abandoned me at Books A Million while he went to do a photo shoot. *gasp* Abandoned! At a bookstore! O happy day :) I sat there and spliced together my three query letters and ... viola! I think I have a very good rough draft. I'm excited about having my two critique partners-in-crime read it and give me their brutal (but loving) feedback. Once I get this thing ironed out, I'll be ready to mail them out and throw my little fledgeling trilogy to the wind!
Of course, knowing my letters are out there on their ways to agents, I will have a whole new bag of anxieties to carry about. But at least I'll have the first step over and done with. Then I'll be able to concentrate on my next book, which, by the way, I've already started.