One of the biggest parts of my job coaching writers on their publishing journey is prepping them for the QUERY TRENCHES.
After the book is written & revised, and we feel solid that the work is done, the manuscript is at its conceptual best, all polished up and shiny, we switch gears.
From creation mode to business time.
And this shift can feel really freakin’ strange.
This is the moment I notice most writers seeking traditional publication falter.
This is where fear creeps in like the Grim Reaper, scythe gleaming to slash hopes and dreams.
Writers look at the rules of Querying: Guidelines on agency websites, Google search results with daunting statistics and horror stories about fails and screw ups, and we get in our heads about how HARD this part is.
How easy it is to fail right here, at the threshold of all we’ve been working toward.
This is where many writers forget that without writers there would be no publishing industry. Writers are the fuel, the creative juice, the actual ones making the thing agents sell, editors buy, and readers read.
WRITERS ARE THE PRIZE.
So what does this mean for queriers?
Here’s a little mindset shift you can do right now, no matter which stage of the journey you’re in. Repeat after me:
- Be Professional
- Be Respectful
- Be the PRIZE
The rest — like whether you caps locked the names in your synopsis when you first introduced characters, or whether you put your name in the footer beside your page numbers — will never matter as much as your attitude toward the agent you query and your attitude toward YOURSELF.
Be a prize— which doesn’t mean: Be a brat.
It means send a query you are proud of, that looks and reads like YOU, for a book you worked hard to create.
The rest will follow. Maybe in a minute, or in five years, but timing doesn’t change the fact that YOU. ARE. THE. PRIZE. 💃🏼
I offer a QUERY PACKAGE for writers who are ready to take the leap. For $350, It includes query & synopsis feedback, notes on your first ten pages and a list of 8 agents to start querying when ready. If you mention this blog post when you contact me I will take 10% off the cost. 💗