Third revision done, manuscript printed, backed-up to flash drive, saved on hard-drive; instead of writing another book, I’m querying.
Writers accept at some point if they wish to be published the traditional route; they must study the, technique, of writing query letters. Annoying but necessary. Should it be?
Attempting to see things through an agent’s perspective, I understand why a query letter would be useful. Receiving possibly hundreds of letters a month, a query letter can be used as a filter.
And this is where I backtrack.
Contradicting myself, why not just read the first few pages of a manuscript? A poorly written query letter would expose armature writers, but so could the first three pages of the 300 page book they’ve written. And again, I speak from a point of ignorance, not having worked with, or ever known a literary agent, but it seems to be an illogical, ego stoking, formality.
I’ve read a few articles encouraging writers to spend months polishing a query letter before sending it off. WHAT? How about writers’ improve their storytelling ability? Like actually write fiction? I admit, I myself have spent, squandered, days learning, writing, revising query my letter – so I’m also being hypocritical.
Agents, and editors can tell from the first few pages if a writer is worth taking on simply be reading their prose. If the genre falls within the agent’s wheelhouse, and a finished manuscript exists, why not just read the story? Perhaps the original format of a query resembled this and has become severely bloated over time. Or perhaps I should keep these thoughts to myself. After all, my blog is attached to my query letter.