Yes, Query Hell exists. I’m there. It’s that place writers have to go before they are fortunate enough to find that agent or publisher willing to take them on. It’s endlessly trying to find that “perfect” query that will get the attention of the right agent. Writing, rewriting, ad nauseum. Getting the opinions of other writers – who may or may not have a clue what they are talking about.
So, what is a query? It’s a letter you write to an agent/publisher introducing your work to them. It contains a bio of you, contact info, a bit of technical info about the book – genre, word count, stand-alone or part of a series. It also contains a synopsis of your story. Now, wasn’t that easy to say? A simple, little synopsis. That horrid thing that grows into nightmare proportions and causes writers to lose hours of sleep, while they agonize over one word/sentence.
I’m currently rewriting mine – again. I dream of the day when I can leave Query Hell and find a home with an agent who will recognize my name when I send an email and maybe even smile to see it. One who loves my book and is as anxious to see it in print as I am. Because let’s face it. An agent who doesn’t love your work isn’t going to do much good, right? So, I keep plugging away. Knowing that my perfect match is out there – the agent who will smile when they see my name. Knowing that I’m making them tons of money. The dream goes on.