I just had my first writing buddy (writing buddy #1) read over my query letter. The verdict was grim, oh, so grim.
I’m ashamed to have let that thing out the door, and actually had a real-life agent read and reject it.
Joe, my writing buddy #1, couldn’t even get past the first sentence.
I kept forcing myself on through it, but I was lost; confused; constantly re-reading each word.
I am so sorry I put Joe through that. He’s got a newborn at home, a couple of jobs, and he’s got his own creative projects going on. And then I top it off by asking him to review my crappy query letter. Of course, he did offer…
Anyway, I felt really bad for about 10 minutes. I thanked him for his thoughts and suggestions, then promptly put it aside so that I could work.
Joe, if I could do that, don’t you think I’d have done that by now?
So, obviously, I have issues with my query letter. I put the beast through Critters a month ago, and I thought I responded to everyone’s suggestions, but apparently not. I even tried JW Manus’s ideas. Woefully, I’m still not getting it.
After reviewing all the suggestions I’ve gotten so far, I’m gonna try it again tonight. I’ll focus on Andreas’ story ONLY and leave out all the historical details. We’ll see what I come up with.
Wish me luck! Please, I need it.