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I’m convinced my query is going to drive me crazy. That is, if it hasn’t already. For the last week or so, I’ve been writing and revising my query based on peer review comments. (I’ve actually been working on it since February). I want to stay upbeat, but right now, I’m losing the battle. It’s hard to maintain a positive outlook when two words sum it up: I suck.
No voice, too clinical, too much info, not enough plot – I’ve heard it all and rewritten in an effort to fix – breaking something else in the process. A dog chasing his tail on a freshly waxed floor makes more progress than me.
I think I might be query tone deaf. I thought all of my drafts were good, now I’m to the point I wouldn’t recognize good if it pinched me on the cheek. I’ve read many “successful” queries online and some leave me shaking my head because I don’t think they’re that great at all. Some have rhetorical questions (which, by most accounts, is a query “don’t”), others are long and rambling, still others are just a bunch of vague cliché-ish statements that leave me without a sense of what the story is about. But, they are successful because someone liked them enough the represent and eventually sell the book.
This one thought is the single shred of hope that keeps me going: even though I suck, someone out there might give me a chance anyway. (Then, at least for a fleeting moment, I can think I don’t suck…as bad).