Why querying isn’t such a big deal (any more).

In writing on May 12, 2012 at 2:29 am

I can’t claim too many epiphanies.

But in the midst of beating myself up tonight for being stuck in Query Paralysis mode, it came to me that this step of sending a bit of my book to an agent or editor should not be paralyzing at all.

Tonight is the first time I figured out that in the grand scheme of things, the querying is such a small part of creating a book.

The huge and (personally) historic part was all that led up to the querying. The imagining and daydreaming in all sorts of fondly remembered places. The excited scribbling of notes on all kinds of  bits of paper at stoplights, in boring meetings, on benches at playgrounds watching my daughter play.

The collection of completely random newspaper stories that inspired a name or even a subplot. Setting sketches. Scraps of white paper bearing scrawls of imagined skin tones (courtesy of a few Crayolas). My daughter’s little-kid renderings of how she pictured the main characters. Pages ripped out of magazines that show clothes or rooms I think my characters might love.

All of that stuff was so magical and big that if this querying step doesn’t pan out, it’s okay; that’s the gravy.


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