I am struggling to write a query letter. To write those gripping few lines that makes an agent say “hey, why don’t you send me the first three chapters?”. I am an accountant because I learned very early on I couldn’t give away food to a starving man. There was never going to be a future for me in sales or any aspect of the business world that required selling.
And that is exactly what a query letter is. That foot in the door, that sales pitch that I’ve avoided most of my life.
Here are three things I don’t recommend doing while writing your query letter.
- Reading book blurbs and buying books rather than writing your query – I have spent hours on Amazon reading book blurbs in various genres, but really focusing on romance.I had thought this would help sharpen my sales skills, but I’m not sure if it has done anything to help me write my query. It has, however, added a few books to my backlog.
- Researching how to write a query on the internet – Oooooh, shiny flashy things! Contradicting advice. Gotta get a Father’s Day present, and that’s something I can actually achieve . . .
- Staring blankly at the same 10-15 sentences – I have spent all of my writing time this week staring at those same few sentences. Adding, deleting, and rewriting them sometimes. Only to dislike the changes and start back over. It’s so bad, I barely see the words on the page anymore. Query is still not worth sending out.
Frankly, I am to the point of seeking help from a professional. Or at least DH again.