Monday, January 9, 2012
The Itchy Query Finger
It happened with my first manuscript, and it's starting to creep up on me again.
The itchy query finger. (Oh, July me. You were so cute.)
I know exactly what to blame. It's the first draft high, which I got a second dose of, laced with extra uppers, in the form of the first revision high I experienced yesterday when Gina, Alexa, and Marieke read ONE. (Shoot, Marieke's crit was pretty much, "You need to work pretty hard on fixing some things in the first half of this book," and I was still clapping my hands and squealing like a schoolgirl.)
Yeah. Clearly it's just a high. But still.
I have a pretty decent query that could be dolled up with a couple weeks of hard work, and yeah, writing a synopsis and the endless list of pitches one has to write is no tea party, but I could still do it.
But I'm no idiot. (No, really. I'm not. Bear with me.)
I read advice from query luminaries all over the internet:
Wait a few months to query.
Work as long on your query letter as you did on your revisions.
If you send too early, you'll find glaring mistakes in your MS and wish you hadn't.
I know. I know. And I agree. But still. My itchy query finger is CRAZY with shpilkes.
I thought about why this is while I was procrastinating on starting to eliminate one of the ten kajillion times the word "just" appears in ONE (thanks G) and I think I realized why. You guys ready for this? It's kind of, you know, deep. Which we don't see a lot over here.
I'm afraid that if I don't query it now I'll realize how much it sucks, and I never will send that first letter.
Even though I know it doesn't suck.
Even though I know most books get waaaay better with revision.
Even though everything in my brain tells me that's wrong wrong wrong.....
The first draft/first revision high leaves me thinking...is this the most confident I'll ever be about ONE? The most excited?
(Wow. I am a nutcase. Analyze away.
Oh. And in case you were concerned? I set up a querying date for myself, to avoid any stupid moves.)
What about you guys? Have you ever had the itchy query finger? Why do you think it got so itchy? Did you send or wait?