Writing a 50,000 word novel: easy peasy (Well, not exactly). Writing a one page query letter: Impossible.
Anyone else feel this way? Have you spent hours and hours perfecting your query letter, only to get feedback that it’s boring or too much like a summary or too gimmicky?
Yeah, it happens to the best of us.
I’d say don’t stress about it, but your query letter might be your only chance to make a first impression for agents.
So do we panic now?
Of course not (Okay maybe a little).
I’ve started a new yahoo group to help with the querying process. Basically, it’s a bunch of people serious about their query letters and serious about helping others with their query letters.
While we might not have any query experts, we have eyes. Eyes to see and evaluate queries. We have several people set up to be mock agents. (You can sign up to be one too!) Basically, you send your query package to them and they evaluate it. It’s sort of like sending it to a real agent, but
a. none of our mock agents can represent your work and
b. the mock agents give feedback.
Here’s the link: