Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Successful Queries - A Dreaded Process

Think Rock = Shark, Tree = Query
( I shot this in Lake Tahoe)
Although I'm driving ahead with my paintings, I have a query to produce for a conference critique coming up. My young adult science fiction novel, THE LION WITHIN is almost complete, querying will inevitably occur in the next six months. I've written queries frequently for this novel but only for critique, (except the time, three years ago, after finishing the first draft of this book, thinking it was the best thing ever.) I have had so much time between query drafts that I feel like a new student of querying every time. 
Luckily, the web is filled with query advice! I found this at Writer's Digest and fell in love with it: 

I also spent a great deal of time on Janet Reid's, 

I'll post the comments from my query critique in April. In the mean time, I'll be banging my head hoping some of the words filling my page will randomly fall off so that my query will be spit spot on.


Nancy Thompson said...

Queries are tough, tough, tough. I've found that it's a process, and a rather long one. You might not come up with the perfect pitch the first time around, or even the second or third.

What writers tend to do when they first write their query is include way more info than is actually needed. Cut ALL the backstory and in the very first line, the second at the very latest, get right to the very heart of the conflict. This a lesson I've learned over the last 12 months. Good luck to you!

RAD - Dot Painter said...

Awesome advice! Thanks Nancy!

Jessica Silva said...

the more drafts you have, the better the query is, I find :) try to hit up public query critique places like Absolute Write's Water Cooler or Nathan Bradsford's forum. I like to use those places to get a ton of eyes and critiques, then consolidate the suggestions and revise :)

RAD - Dot Painter said...

Awesome suggestion Jessica! Thanks!