April 12, 2008 by Tracey S. Rosenberg
Yeah, that’s what the blog has been like lately. The writing submissions have all been rejections (except the Leaf one, which I am glad to have) and I’m going through the complete MS and trying to judge what needs work. Which is: most of it. And that does not make for interesting blog reading.
I did draft most of a query letter, all but 1.5 paragraphs, and 1.0 of those paragraphs are ‘my previous writing’ – which is the fun part, as ‘here is why I’m wonderful’ is always easier than ‘here is my novel distilled to five sentences’. I feel happier for that.
However, agent Kristin Nelson reminds us all that there needs to be a completed full manuscript – she’s referring to pitch sessions, but based on something Jennifer Jackson said, it’s clear this also holds true for any first-time novelist submitting an agent query.
So while it’s a great psychological advantage (to me, at least) to know that I have a query letter draft that I feel comfortable with – and a short synopsis draft, as well – I’ve got to get back to the ms.
Good thing most of the books I’ve been reading lately have made me give up halfway through, huh!