Ah, querying. When you distill your tens of thousands (some people have written hundreds of thousands? wow!) of words of a novel into 250-300 words in the hopes that an agent will pick it up. But how long do people wait? How do you know if your query is working? Well, I wanted to share my experience and hopefully help ease people’s expectations around the querying journey by answering:
- Is my query working?
- How long have I been waiting on different responses?
- What were the outcomes?
In a star struck trance and physical pain from working on conferences all week, I am writing to you about the amazing day of writing goodness I had on Saturday, November 14th. I’m grateful I took a chance and went to the Boston Writing Workshop. I feel more equipped to query, to talk about my work, and to make my writing the best it can be. It’s no new revelation that a great premise takes work and refinement and even a bit of, dare I say it, marketing. But this post isn’t about that. It’s a retrospective on my experience at this marvelous workshop hosted by the inspiring Chuck Sambucino.