For weeks I researched and read advise on the art of the query, what to do, what not to do, what to include, how to format, and on and on . It boils down to a few hard fast rules:
- Choose a receptive publisher/agents (TIP: #MSWL)
- Follow Submission Guidelines
- Keep it Short
- Send It!
- Repeat Until Desired Effect is Achieved.
What a weight lifted from my shoulders as I look at the query a bit differently now. I want to present a taste of the manuscripts story line and hook mixed up with a glimpse of my personality and ability. The second query letter I wrote one day and sent it the next. I received a confirmation of it's receipt, just that was a feeling of accomplishment. One month later I have sent another query for different manuscript, it is much easier now since I stopped getting in my own way.