The picture above? If I could draw, that would be a self-portrait of me writing a query letter yesterday.
I’m trying to get more magazine queries out this year so I want to do two or three a month. So, in the name of not putting it off, I spent some time working on one of them. I got it done in time for critique group but something about it just didn’t feel right. I took another look at everything and realized that I just wasn’t certain about one of the sources. It needed to go but if I eliminated it the whole idea was weaker. I’d have to come up with something new.
I didn’t have to start from scratch but solved the problem by reframing my original idea. More about the here and now and not quite as much about way back then. As I was wrapping things up, I pulled out the theme list and guidelines to check something. I skimmed them and then read them more closely.
Then I read them again.
I’m not sure my piece has enough science. Sigh. I know I’m heading in the right direction but seriously? Can’t I get it right in one try? Apparently not. I did take my ideas and the guidelines to my critique group. They all like my idea but also acknowledge that I won’t be happy until I fine tune it. What can I say? They know what a pill I am.
But still, I’d like to get my next query right the first time. Alas, this time around it is try, swear and then try again.