Great advice posted on here so thanks to those who’ve shared. I’ve been in the query-revising process for quite awhile now, and have found that as I made changes based on some feedback from a couple agented authors, I realised things needed to change within my manuscript. So a few query changes became a few sets of revisions of the entire thing, but it’s come a long way.
I feel like I could indefinitely polish my query and therefore indefinitely polish my novel, but I’m far too close to it after working on it for so long. I finally sent a query out (just one) the other day to an agent I had long since put at the top of my list. Unfortunately, I got a rejection only 2 days later. But it wasn’t meant to be, and I know you’ve got to start somewhere.
It makes me wonder though if I should risk sending it again, or keep working at it. I’m amazed how tricky this querying process is. You could get it worded just right for one agent, but end up changing it before they even see it because the first 20 didn’t like it. It’s all scary. But I’m heading over to AbsoluteWrite.com for this Query Letter Hell forum. I think if I get some more positive feedback on it, I’ll be ready to move ahead.
Good luck to everyone here 🙂