Plenty of articles explore the woes of querying. I want to focus on the bright side. New Year. All those hopeful feelings. So out the window negative query monster. Here are some things I love about querying!
- Twitter Pitch Parties and Contests: Fantastic tools to improve the quality of your writing, connect with other writers, and (hopefully) snag agent requests. Check out SunvsSnow, Fic Fest, PitchWars, PitchSlam, and all the rest!
- Agent Advice: whether or not you receive personal feedback from an agent, the querying process should lead you to research agents. And some agents have incredibly helpful feedback/tips on their twitter or interviews.
- Community: It’s really important to realize that querying is not just about you. There is a whole community of writers seeking the same thing – publication and representation. But it’s not a competition. Help others, be kind, and be a part of something big. I cannot emphasize this enough!
- New Books: researching and getting to know agents often leads me to new book discoveries! I’ve read some amazing books because I found an agent I liked and followed their publication deals.
- Rejection: As much as this stinks, it makes me a better writer.
- Feedback: I literally squeal with glee when an agent gives me personal feedback. it makes my week! Even if that feedback is full of what I need to do to improve the book. They read it and took time to comment. That’s huge. Be sure to give THANKS!
- Better Writing: I can’t tell you how many times I’ve revised my query and then revised my book. Querying is a genius plotting tool!
- Momentum: If you are querying, you are moving forward. You’re doing something. You believe in your work and yourself.
- Chuck Sambuchino makes it on this page because his query advice and blog on new agents is just fantastic.
- Game Plan: again, back to Chuck Sambuchino, he recommends querying 60 agents and then turning to small presses and then self-publishing if you so choose. It’s a game plan. Yours might look different. But querying is a way to measure your writing, improve, and plan how to show your book to the world.
What do you like about querying?