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Last post I shared that I submitted to ten agents since then I’ve received eight rejections. All form letters confirmed in QueryTracker.
A quick visit to Query Shark, some heavy reading and I went into revamp mode.
I reworked my query, synopsis, and sample chapters. I didn’t have to redo all of it. Form letters usually mean the reader didn’t get past the query letter, but once I started fixing things…
What i focused on when revamping
What’s the hook? Many of the example letters started off with a general book description. I didn’t make this mistake. I’m pretty sure I was too vague. She strongly suggests looking for the crux of the character’s dilemma, a rhetorical question, or grabbing the reader with a tagline.
Why does anyone care? Excellent question—hence the rewrite. Several actually. It took work to pin down why anyone would care and want to read my book.
Maintaining an even ten
Ten queries are out and its been quiet. Of the seven rejections, one came the next day. So now I’m wondering if I hit a busy patch or maybe they haven’t gotten to me yet. OR, fingers crossed, my query letter survived the agent’s initial read through and is in a holding pattern.
I’ve read this process can take years and it has been suggested I get working on my next project
just in case I run out of agents on my list to keep me moving forward.
What do you do to keep a positive outlook when submitting?