There is something about blogging and advice-giving that tends toward the negative — frankly it’s easier to explain why a query doesn’t work than it is to explain why one does. The do nots are easier to list than the dos. And so, after reading this blog for a while, you might think I’m just sitting here getting all these bad queries and gnashing my teeth and banging my head on the desk.
Well, not lately.
I don’t know what in the heck is in the water, but I have a new query complaint: PEOPLE ARE WRITING TOO MANY GOOD QUERIES.
I’m totally kidding about the complaint part — by no means is this a bad thing, and it’s really exciting to notice a serious uptick in quality query writing. I’m very happy about it. However, just to put this in perspective, in the last two weeks I have requested 50 partials. 50 PARTIALS!!!! In two weeks!!! That’s 1500 pages!
And that doesn’t even include a whole lot of other good queries, especially the ones from blog readers, that were totally fine and solid, but just weren’t quite for me.
Add in the fact that I’ve been working on three separate manuscript revisions and the other day-to-day tasks I have to take care of, and it will explain why the timestamp on an e-mail I send you just might say 11:24 PM. August in publishing…. not so slow.
But really — give yourselves a round of virtual applause. It’s been an impressive month.