And I need to start with a HUGE apology to Ciara--I totally had this in my head for later this week! I should have checked my calendar last night...
Ciara is a fabulous blog friend and I'm honored to be a part of her book tour, so I really feel awful for my tardiness here... so without further ado, welcome Ciara!
This post is dedicated to everyone who has ever faced the DREADED query letter. Did you just cringe? I see head nods and hear chuckles. You’ve sent a few…thousand? How many of you have received form rejections? Come on…raise your hands high. Don’t worry; I’m here to make you feel better. Wait, you won’t share this with anyone will you? Okay, so, I received a rejection that will top all of yours. Oh, and I received it in five minutes! Yep, I think that’s a record for a non-form rejection.
You see, I worked on a query for my dream publisher ‘that shall not be named’ for a month. I researched and read books by this publisher, talked to current authors, wrote and rewrote this query so that I referenced material to ‘show’ my research, without looking like I was just trying to ‘show’ I did research.
The day came for me to send my baby out into the world. It had my critique partners’ stamp of approval. It had been proofed a hundred times. I opened my word doc with shaking hands and copied my perfect query from my word document to the email. I triple checked links in my signature line, the email address, etc… All was perfect.
Anyone want to guess what went wrong? Why I received a rejection to my perfect query letter?
Well, within five minutes of hitting that send button I received an email back from the publisher ‘that shall not be named.’ With baited breath, I opened the email and noticed it wasn’t an auto response. Wow, I really rocked it. They can’t wait for my manuscript! Then I read the one line rejection. I’m paraphrasing here because I can’t bear to look at my humiliating rejection again—it’s in my folder for the IRS proving I’m a serious writer.
If you did not find the time to locate my name clearly marked on our website to address this email to me, then I do not have time to read your query.
Publisher ‘that shall not be named.’
OUCH!! My perfect query was NEVER read. He stopped at the first line, the line that I had somehow omitted when I copied and pasted my, not so perfect, query letter.
Okay, who guessed? Two points for you. The next time you struggle with sending a query letter remember, the response couldn’t be more humiliating than mine.
Ciara is happily married and enjoys family time. She has learned to embrace chaos, which is a requirement when raising three boys, and utilizes the insanity to create stories not of this world including, Fantasy, Paranormal, Sci-Fi, and Young Adult Futuristic.
Her first love, besides her family, reading, and writing, is travel. She's backpacked through Europe, visited orphanages in China, and landed in a helicopter on a glacier in Alaska.
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And again--I'm so sorry my brain fitzed out!!!