I remember, now, how I got derailed from sending out query letters a few months ago. Here’s how it went down:
- In my alphabetical list of agents who accept fantasy, I ran up on someone who requires a synopsis. I didn’t have one of those yet, so I researched them. It’s basically a complete summary of your book.
- I started reading through my book to try to distill it into a synopsis.
- I started finding grammatical errors and little things here and there that bothered me, so I started a begining-to-end revision.
- I finished the revision 2+ months later.
- I decided my query letter was boring, so I spent a week revising my query letter.
- Once again happy with my book and my query letter, I turned back to my list of agents who accept fantasy work.
- I pulled up the next agent on the list, and realized I need a synopsis of my book in order to submit it.
Yeah, it’s like this. And it’s suspiciously like a loop in the space-time continuum.
Game plan: Skip that agent today, submit my query letter to someone else, spend a week or so making a synopsis, and come back to this agent. Oh, and tonight, at 7PM/6 Central, I have to be careful not to fall for evil Spock, who is deliciously logical in an evil way.