If You Do Your Best

Late again. Perhaps this is a...nightly blog? :)

Figured it was time for an update on Those Who Trespass. I've sent 50 queries. {Dude, I had no idea I could find that many possible agents!} FIFTY!

And I've gotten five requests--four fulls, one partial.

It's a whole new level of querying, let me tell you. I thought waiting on a query was bad. Requests are much, much worse.

I owe so much of this to my query, which, in turn, owes itself to Shelley the Awesome Beta, and Robin, the Writing-Accountability-Partner. {Yes, I've revealed her name! Yes, I still have full intention of giving her her own introductory post!}

It's a good query. Not going to lie. And so, so, so much of the credit goes to Shelley and Robin.

And sometimes it kills me. What if? I wonder. What if my query is is worth reading but my book isn't? What if I'm letting down these awesome agents? I know it's not true; I know this is a good book {credit here goes to critic {critique-er?} extraordinaire, Aimee L. Salter, and Shelley the Awesome Beta}. I think it lives up to the query.

I think there are always doubts. I know there are. I read enough blogs. I see the worries. It starts with wondering if your query is good enough. And then you wonder if your partial is...then your full. Then your synopsis, or whatever it is your agent takes to publishers. Then your book in the hands of readers! Then a sequel! What if they feel like you let them down?

You don't have anything to be ashamed of if you do your best. Your best query. Your best story. Your best writing. Your best editing. Your best promotion. Your best invention of a sequel, if yours is the sort of story that merits a sequel. If you let anyone--friend, beta, agent, editor, reader, fan--down, you can't blame yourself if you did your best.

And I've done my best. I know I have. It's all out of my hands now, out of my hands and in God's.

1 comment:

Traci Kenworth said...

Good luck with your queries/requests, sounds like you're doing your best!!