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WRITING DONE. EDITING DONE. QUERYING…OH, GOD

Yeah, so it’s that time of the writing process – the dreaded querying phase.

Now, I don’t know how other writers go about it, but I personally decided to write a few options for mine. I wrote one before even beginning to write, one when I was halfway through the draft, and then one when I was done.

But, Amelia, what are you going to do with all those queries?

I am so glad you asked, non-existent readers (as of writing this post).

See, I’m sure querying came out of Pandora’s Box. There’s no other explanation. The entire process of writing one, especially for a newbie like me, is…daunting. But don’t get me wrong – I think it’s a great way agents can tell if someone does indeed have that special something in their writing and manuscript. It’s fast, efficient, and it gets the process going.

With that being said, I think a writer should spend time perfecting the query. And those 200 words need time to grow on you, so that you can distance yourself from them and see their true potential. That’s why I decided to write mine at the beginning of the process and throughout it. It gives me perspective, and I really need that. Having different options shows me what I was thinking while writing and if my preferences have changed. (PS: They haven’t. All of my queries focus on the same thing – I hope that’s a good sign).

I also tend to finish a manuscript and go write something else before I start editing the shit out of it. Yes, I need that distance.

And I think I have a decent query – I’ll send it out to a few agents that rep my genre and hope for the best. My manuscript is waiting patiently in my computer. Let’s see if it’ll ever see the bright light of publishing.

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