Does Querying Have You in a Quandary?

At the beginning of my writing journey, I submitted a poorly written manuscript to at least a dozen agents. Yes, I still cringe when I think about it. This is an excellent article about queries from someone who has been there. Thank you, Melissa Janda, for writing this!

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Q is for Querying

Some of you may know that I submitted a novel (a poorly written one) to half a dozen agents last year (I still cringe when I think about that). Ah! What was I thinking? I had this grand idea that they would…well, I imagined it would go a little like this:

Yeah, that’s my future agent there with a feather in her hat, trudging through the endless slush pile, growing more disappointed with each manuscript she encounters. But then, then she picks up mine, and hallelujah! {key the music, clouds part, angels sing} What a glorious day! She has discovered the holy grail of writers! Her heart swells as she reads prose, unlike anything she has ever fixed her gaze upon (unfortunately that still may be true).

Heh heh. It’s fun to dream isn’t it? As writers, we spend the majority of our day playing in…

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2 thoughts on “Does Querying Have You in a Quandary?

  1. Rings a bell. I submitted my poorly written manuscript to several agents in about 1996. I still cringe when I think about it, too. Totally blew my chance of anyone looking at any of my stuff ever again I suspect.

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    • I don’t think there’s any rule against querying the same agents again with a different manuscript. After all this time, I doubt any of those agents remember me or my book. I’m sure you didn’t blow your chance of anyone looking at your stuff. I’m reading Few are Chosen right now, and it’s very good.

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