Monday, March 2, 2020

Querying an Agent, part one million

I started the query process several months ago. It was necessary to take that initial plunge in order for me to realize that I wasn't doing it right. Each agent asked for something different and I felt ill prepared. I found my query was clunky and honestly, I wasn't good at talking about my books.

I put the brakes on querying and I focused on illustrating, and I listened to podcasts while I did it. Lots of podcasts. Podcasts that included interviews with agents, editors, and authors. I did a deep dive on the querying process...and I quickly confirmed that I had been doing it wrong.

Many of the podcasts I listened to also had advertisements for books, and listening to these ads (often the jacket covers) helped me think further about how to talk about my books - what was special about them, why they were unique, and how could I capture those points in a paragraph? I rewrote my queries and then I went back and edited my books using the query highlights as a guide.

It has been quite a process, but I'm glad I did it. I didn't burn through tons of agents. I have stronger queries and stronger books to pitch. Taking the time away from my books and coming back to them with fresh eyes has also made it easier to identify those areas that could be improved.

I know rejections are imminent but I am excited to start again and feel much more prepared.

My favorite podcast can be found here; https://www.mindymcginnis.com/ Mindy McGinnis is a YA author and interviews a broad selection of authors. She covers the querying process, provides great resources, and it was just a really great place to get advice as an aspiring author.

Best of luck on your own journey!

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Querying an Agent, part one million

I started the query process several months ago. It was necessary to take that initial plunge in order for me to realize that I wasn't do...