A Bit of Work on the Query Letter

I found some time yesterday in my busy schedule to work on my query letter.  And I sat there for about five minutes staring at a blank screen.  Part of me thought “This is completely getting annoying having writer’s block every single time I try to rewrite this letter.”  That’s about the time I started to sneeze.  And sneeze.  And sneeze.  That’s also when I felt that lovely foggy feeling that comes with sinuI found some time yesterday in my busy schedule to work on my query letter. And I sat there for about five minutes staring at a blank screen. Part of me thought “This is completely getting annoying having writer’s block every single time I try to rewrite this letter.” That’s about the time I started to sneeze. And sneeze. And sneeze. That’s also when I felt that lovely foggy feeling that comes with sinus pressure. Grand, a cold! Every politically active person can tell you that there is the dreaded “campaign cold” that always shows up about fourteen days out from an election up to the day of the election. It seems this year it is my turn to start the cold. With stuffed up ears, a stuffed and running nose, sinus pressure and sneezing, I decided that this was not gonna work. I couldn’t even write a Facebook status for one of my candidates. I was just staring at Facebook as though the computer should somehow download the information from my mind and make sense of it. (All I was trying to do was write that my candidate is holding a job fair tonight. Too bad there aren’t any literary agents at the job fair.) That’s when it happened. The last paragraph of the query letter has been killing me. For some reason I cannot figure out how to end the dang query letter. I have to add the title of the book (which probably still needs some help), who the target audience is, and somehow go “Read This” without saying those words. I have only struggled with this since the first letter I wrote. I thought I was still struggling with the whole last paragraph. Here’s what came to me. I do want to quit feeling like my head is feeling like it’s filled with cotton before I look at this again. I think it just might work, though. If I’ve got one paragraph down, the rest should follow: SWEET SIXTEEN is an 85,000 word family saga novel that will appeal to women between 35 and 60 years of age. SWEET SIXTEEN is complete and available for your consideration at your convenience. -Amanda Nicole s pressure.  Grand, a cold!  Every politically active person can tell you that there is the dreaded “campaign cold” that always shows up about fourteen days out from an election up to the day of the election.  It seems this year it is my turn to start the cold.

With stuffed up ears, a stuffed and running nose, sinus pressure and sneezing, I decided that this was not gonna work.  I couldn’t even write a Facebook status for one of my candidates.  I was just staring at Facebook as though the computer should somehow download the information from my mind and make sense of it.  (All I was trying to do was write that my candidate is holding a job fair tonight.  Too bad there aren’t any literary agents at the job fair.)

That’s when it happened.  The last paragraph of the query letter has been killing me.  For some reason I cannot figure out how to end the dang query letter.  I have to add the title of the book (which probably still needs some help), who the target audience is, and somehow go “Read This” without saying those words.  I have only struggled with this since the first letter I wrote.  I thought I was still struggling with the whole last paragraph.

Here’s what came to me.  I do want to quit feeling like my head is feeling like it’s filled with cotton before I look at this again.  I think it just might work, though.  If I’ve got one paragraph down, the rest should follow:

SWEET SIXTEEN is an 85,000 word family saga novel that will appeal to women between 35 and 60 years of age.  SWEET SIXTEEN is complete and available for your consideration at your convenience.

-Amanda Nicole

PS. I stupidly tried to respond to comments while feeling like this.  If my responses didn’t make sense, I apologize.

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One thought on “A Bit of Work on the Query Letter

  1. Well, I have to say I was thinking I was hallucinating when I was reading your post; the third time it happened I realized your post was repeating itself….you must have some helluva cold…lol….sorry I shouldn’t giggle at your expense, but I was so relieved it wasn’t my imagination…..

    So go snuggle up under some blankies, take your nyquil and pop in a great, feel better!

    ~Peace~

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