I'm struggling with taking the leap and sending out my query. I want it to be perfect, but perfect doesn't exist.
"I want us to be a generation of finishers. I want us to be a generation of people who follow through and sew the last stitch or give the final keynote or write the last chapter. And in order to get there, we have to murder perfectionism. I was going to write, 'put perfectionism to bed,' but that sounded too tender for this particular monster. Murder feels right." - Jon Acuff, "Quitter"
Last May, I sent out several queries for my book, DOWN IN THE CREEK, and received a full request. The agent requested to represent me, but didn't have an opening at the time. I was told that I was at the top of the "list". I never heard back from the agent again and when researching the company, it no longer exists. That hurts a bit, but I had decided to possibly self-publish. I think self-publishing is great, but I want to give traditionally publishing another chance. I've dreamed of seeing my book in a bookstore or my library for a long time. I don't wanna let that dream go.
But at the same time, I'm delaying taking the leap, trying to get my query perfect. My manuscript is finished and working with my CPs. I absolutely love this book, more than anything I've written and I'm scared to take the leap again. I just need to go for it.
Here's the query: (It will be modified a little for each agent to personalize)
Dear Agent’s name,
Freedom was never worth the price that was paid. Hundreds of children murdered with no end in sight.
Seventeen-year-old Edom is the oldest healer in the country of Menrio where his kind are hunted and killed for their gifts. He’s a protector, guarding the life of his little sister, Liora, and any other healer he can find. King Alined is a lecherous man, intent on the slaughter of these children. After a failed rescue attempt, Edom is imprisoned by the king.
A young woman rescues him, but in an effort to protect her from the wrath of King Alined, Edom kidnaps her. It doesn’t take long to discover that she has a secret. She’s the princess, Dalia. She has been raised to hate healers, but after witnessing the mistreatment of the healers she decided to save him. With the Guard closing in, Edom and his friends travel through the mountains, desperation spurring them forward. Edom must find a way to save the healers or their kind will be lost forever.
NAMELESS is a YA fantasy, complete at 50,000 words. If this book is successful, it could easily become a series.
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Child, Adult, and Family Services with a minor in English. You can find my blog at Kjmclaughlin.com.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Any help would be appreciated!!
Do you struggle with trying to write the perfect query to delay sending them out?