I’ve had a goal for a while now to form a list of at least 50 literary agents that I would like to query. A detailed list, with plenty of information on each and ranking from the ones I’d want the most to the ones I’d still be happy with but aren’t my top pick. 50 became 75 at some point and tonight I finally achieved that. I always thought I’d be done with my query letter by that point but I just started on it tonight (which means I’ll probably continue researching until I find a 100 lit agents).
And I didn’t even finish a first draft! Something about queries scare me, probably the concept of summing up a 85K manuscript in 250 in a way that is creative, enticing, and perfectly polished. I’ve done a lot of research on queries, and there’s no such thing as a perfect one or a formula for success (that’d be nice but, of course, too easy). I’m sure I’ll get it eventually. I have a couple different ideas of how to approach the query but I’d first actually have to approach it.
Then there’s the synopsis to write, which I’m less worried about. While I find minimizing my 85K words into one to two pages of plot difficult, I know it’s not impossible. I’ve actually been working on a synopsis off and on for a while, so by the end of June I’ll have a good one for sure.
I guess the whole point of this post is to mark a milestone in the querying process for me. The research has been mostly completed. Which is a bit sad, I am very good a researching and I enjoy it. It’s also far from frightening. Moving to the next step, querying to actual agents, means preparing to hear ‘no’ a lot. I’m not bad with rejection, I more than understand it’s not personal. It’s just easier to avoid that, right?
Anyway. Now I just need to finish the query letter and synopsis then I’ll finally be able to start querying. It’s exciting and a little scary — like all great next steps in life. I hope to take this plunge at the start of July.