I made a goal for myself. I decided to write and send at least two query letters a week until I got a positive response. So, now we find out if my fingers fall off before I get a book deal or if I'm really as good as I'm told.
My first query letters were a bit difficult to write as you can imagine. I have never written one before, but a website called Writer's Market has a PDF download that explains how to write a query letter. It even comes with examples of good and bad letters. Needless to say I tried very hard not to imitate one of the bad ones.
In my first two query letters I pitched Forever, Love and Veteran of a Silent War. I havent actually sent them off yet. I have to spend some time researching their companies and the individuals a bit. If one or both of them happen to say yes then I want to make sure that I actually want to do business with them.
Something that I have learned in all of this is that once I actually made the decision to make a goal suddenly I had all sorts of opportunities to write to Agents. Before that decision I couldnt find an Agent accepting cups of coffee let alone query letters, it's amazing how that happens. I've always been told that if a door closes then a window opens. They never tell you that sometimes the window is hidden behind a curtain or that sometimes you have to actually search for that window before it opens up.
This should not come as a surprise to me as I have had this happen time again to me but it still manages to catch me unaware. But I have to admit that sometimes fear or uncertainty can blind you as well as bind you. Keeping my fear in check is one of my other New Years resolutions.
So how are your resolutions going?
Be good to each other.