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Do You Know When Not To Query?

Hi Everyone!

I hope you are all well ;o) I’ve been thinking a lot lately… I know. Stop me! LOL

Well, this story I’m revising (NaNo ’09) isn’t good enough to query in my opinion.

But? You may ask. How do you know? And why bother revising it if you’re not going to query it?

I’ll tell you why. To learn. To make sure I CAN revise a novel. I’m not going to give up on it just because I’m not querying it. I’m a good enough writer to know when I’m looking at something that isn’t queryable (word?) I hope. LOL

So what makes me know this for sure? Oh, time for bullet points again!  YAY!

I’m still going to finish revising it. I’ve learned so much about the process and that’s invaluable.

I may go back to it in the future and see what I can do, but for now… it remains in my hands and those brave Betas that were so kind to read it ;o)

So. What about you? Do you know when not to query? Have you queried too early before? When do you know it’s right?

In exciting news! I’m going to be a contributer on a brand spankin’ new blog, DNA Writers with some of my favorite writing peeps. I’m excited about this adventure. We all have interesting and unique viewpoints on writing, reading, life in general. If you have a moment, pop on over and check it out ;o) We’re still getting it started… but we will be having a contest soon, so make sure to look for that!

Have a great rest of the weekend ;o) For those that have Monday off. Enjoy ;o) I’ll leave you with a quote from Dr. King himself. An amazing man with a relevant message.

“Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.”
Martin Luther King, Jr. 



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13 Responses to “Do You Know When Not To Query?”

  1. I know when not to query but I’ve seen/heard/read of others querying way too early. You should have a system in place, crit partners and beta readers. I would never take just one opinion, least of all, my own! LOL! Great tips! Thanks!

  2. Dolly says:

    Looking forward to your new blog.

    I think it’s quite easy to know when not to query – at least I feel that if you are a dedicated reader, you can tell when a book – even your own – isn’t quite good enough.

    When to query is bit more trickier, because sometimes things could almost always be improved, so when to stop is worth learning.

  3. JEFritz says:

    I admit it. I’ve queried too early. Chalk it up to inexperience.

    The book I’m working on now is certainly not ready for querying. It’s good, I like it, but it’s still doesn’t shine. Sometimes I worry I’m asking too much of it, but I really don’t think I’ll ever catch an agent’s attention without sharp, evocative writing.

  4. MC Howe says:

    Interesting question. I imagine I have queried too early, but I too would never rely on my own opinion.

    Interesting also about the differences between your two novels, specifically, not knowing the characters as well the first time around. For my first, I spent so long on it and really knew the characters well, it was easy to write. Now that I’m working on something new, I can’t get into it as much because I don’t know, or care about the characters the same way.

  5. W00t! Congrats on the blog and YAY for revising that story. I agree with what you said, but just remember, after a few novels later…and some great betas, you may find the key to making that story awesome. It does happen… a lot actually just ask Stephen King, Anne Rice, etc about their previously trunked pieces.

  6. Emily says:

    Sometimes, I think it’s hard to judge your own work to really know when it’s too early. As we write more and more, we get better and better and realize in retrospect that sometimes, we got rejected because we were submitting before our work was ready for the world rather than the other way around. And when I say “we,” I suppose I really mean “I.” I have definitely queried too early. I kept working at it and learning, though, and now I have an agent. Congrats on the new blog project! 🙂

  7. It’s so hard to know when you’re ready to query. I am querying my manuscript right now after it’s third draft and major changes to the plot and characters. My BETA readers helped me to shape it up. I am not sure if it is ready or not, but I did get two full requests from agents so maybe I’m not too far off.

  8. It’s so hard to know when you’re ready to query. I am querying my manuscript right now after it’s third draft and major changes to the plot and characters. My BETA readers helped me to shape it up. I am not sure if it is ready or not, but I did get two full requests from agents so maybe I’m not too far off.

  9. How funny, my post was similar on the DNA Writer’s site – we must be in sync. I queried my first manuscript way to early, I’m thinking it’s a common error with new writers, but if you learn from it than that’s good. Great post! 😀

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  11. Regan says:

    This post hit way too close to home. 🙂 Baaaaahhhh Good job.

    Regan Leigh
    http://www.reganleigh.com

  12. I’m jealous you’re able to put together a bulleted list of your strengths and weaknesses. I don’t know if I can do that about myself. But it’s an idea for a blog post…

    I love the word queryable.

  13. Thanks, Regan ;o)

    Thank you everyone!!

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