I think we’re playing a game of blogophone. In just three days we’ve managed to go from a post where I referenced how important it is to personalize queries, to a post where I re-stressed that personalizing is important (and made a joke about sucking up)… and now I’m getting “Dear Exalted Mr. Bransford, Esquire” queries because people think it’s now important to suck up. For the record: personalize, yes. Suck up, no.
Still though, I can understand how people are frustrated that on top of risking their pride, after receiving impersonal rejection letters, following every single little annoying query rule… after all that, I can see how personalizing queries (for the record, not sucking up!!!) can be a little annoying. Submitting is tortuous, takes forever… it can be very challenging, and when agents already are the ones picking teams for dodgeball, bowing to their every wish may seem like one insult too far.
So now’s your chance to blow off a little steam. What’s the most frustrating part of the writing process you’ve encountered lately? Have writer’s block? Have an experience that would make Job think he had a pretty good day?
There are some venting ground rules — if you’re going to reference someone in the industry please don’t name names or provide any identifying details.