I’m sure it’s just me, but I wanted to be sure.
In that vein, in that interest, I want to throw something out to other writers that may find my little corner of the blogosphere and ask a couple of questions.
I’m reaching a point in my writing process where I have to start thinking about query letters. Everything I hear about query letters makes me afraid; really afraid. I’m scared to write one. By all accounts, one wrong move spells certain doom for a project, regardless of how well-written it might be.
I’ve been adding more and more literary agent blogs to my RSS feed for just this reason. I keep hoping there will be some insight, some twinkle or glimmer of insight, that makes me understand finally what it is that is required. The wording, what needs to be included, what has to be said and how. Selling myself — hell, I’m not even sold on myself, how do I sll myself to someone else? And a synopsis? Never done one, have no idea how to do one. I’m going to have to, of course, but it can’t just be a synopsis, it has to be a sales pitch too.
I’ve tried sales in the past. Oh yeah. In the late ’80s I was on a “I’m gonna get stinking, lousy rich” kick and thought sales would be a great way to do that. I mean, it worked for Tom Hopkins, right? So I tried a few things. None of them were easy sells, to be sure, but neither is a book to an agent and thence to an editor, and thence to a publishing committee — right?