Good morning y’all! Happy Wednesday! Okay, so I wanted to give y’all an update on where I am currently with my manuscript, Vinyl and Candy. Right now, that baby is stashed at the top of my closet where I can’t reach it. It still needs a line by line edit, but after reading and rereading it over and over again, my poor eyes need a break. As I mentioned in a previous post, I have been working with three fantastic readers who have been pouring over my work. Only when they are completely finished and have offered their final suggestions for how to make it better, will I pull my manuscript down from the top of the closet and start revising…again for God know how many times. Then what?
From the start I knew I wanted to try to get it published traditionally through an agent, but how? It was then that I realized I had no clue what I was doing, and that I would have to put in a lot of research time to make this happen. So I got busy looking up “How to publish my book” and “How to find an agent” on the internet. Not going to lie, a majority of the information I was getting was pretty discouraging.
This is what I found out. First I need to draft up a query letter. Think of the query letter as a resume. It needs to be professional, to the point, and capture the agent’s attention, because you’re lucky if an agent takes up to 15 seconds to read over it. My query letter has to be well written and nothing short of excellence. Because if I can’t hook their attention in those few precious seconds, my manuscript won’t stand a chance. Intimidating for an aspiring author, right?
So that is where I am, perfecting my query letter. And for other writers looking at going the traditional route to get published, I am sharing some links that I found helpful. I hope they can help you as well. Good luck and try not to get discouraged!
Writer’s Digest offers a wealth of great information.
Learn straight from an agent what they are looking for when they are reading a query letter.
Find out why some query letters end up in the trash.