Why Are Query Letters So Daunting?

Hi all!

So I’m now at the point in the process that I feel like I should be writing query letters to agents, as I really want to try going the traditional route with publishing this particular book. It is the most thought out, worked on, and detailed of all my books, and I think it came out better than I imagined it would when I began.

But I find the process of searching for an agent to be so counter to my personality that it just terrifies me in a lot of ways. I’m shy, but I’m supposed to talk about my work and myself? Ugh! I’m a timid person by nature. I’m working on that, and in a lot of ways I am so very much better than I used to be, but I still even have a hard time telling the cashier at the grocery store that the item scanned in at full price instead of the sale price listed on the shelf.

There should be an easier process.

I have no clue what it is, and maybe this is already the easiest way, but it is so difficult for me. It feels like I’m a seventh grader who has to stand in front of my English class and give a ten minute presentation about Jack London (with visual aids made by myself, no less) because the teacher thinks it’ll be good for me. Yeah, that was a real thing there. I nearly wet myself when I did it, too.

So what would be the easier way? I’m not asking because I want to get out of this, I’ve already figured out that this is the game and it is how I have to play it. I’m just asking as a sort of academic exercise. An ‘If I were Queen for a day, I’d make this change’ kind of thing.

Yes, I like to do those things. Ask my wife.

Anyway… just venting. I’ll be writing some queries soon.

What else is new? Um… not much. I’m going to go to the eye doctor today. Our hamster is getting more used to us, but still nibbles on our fingers a lot. It was so hot here yesterday that I thought I’d evaporate. Things like that.

Hope everyone has a good weekend!

One thought on “Why Are Query Letters So Daunting?”

  1. I’ve heard from other writers around me over the last 9 years that they have more success connecting and getting asked for full manuscripts from agents at writer’s conferences, especially smaller ones where everyone stays at the same location for several days. You bump into them at lunch in repeated panels etc. as well as the formal pitch time. These getaways can be kind of pricey but you get to make connections as yourself as opposed to the ‘stand in the spotlight and pitch now’ pressure cooker. It’s one way to move up through the inevitable slush pile and actually meet someone and see how you might work together.
    I myself have gone the indie route, but I’m always researching and considering the alternative.
    On another note, my least thought out and researched novel has had the best reception so far. It’s my fourth, which may have had something to do with it, but I also think it’s the most relatable to the widest audience. That was incidental, but it’s interesting to watch the response.

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