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Old 03-11-2011, 03:58 PM   #3576
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Bleh. I got a form QR today from someone who requests practically everything and often gives feedback on Rs. But it's clear that that is NOT the project of the moment.

I don't think I'm ready to trunk it yet. I threw some queries out last night to some long-shot no-response agents because it was a worth a chance -- no response means no, but no query means no chance, right?

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Yeah, I think my book deserves a chance. One thing I feel better about is that I'm not querying too soon -- I worried about pacing, characterization, whether I was revealing information at the right time. It turns out it doesn't matter because I'm getting rejected on query. So glad I didn't spend another six months.
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*cry* Ouch. It's hard to know if you 'should' spend x amount of time super-polishing that ms...if it doesn't get any requests, then what's the point?
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(((Kellion))) I hate that feeling of futility. Like why did I spend so much time polishing the hell out of this MS if no one is going to read past the query? Especially when I read some pubbed books that have writing/storytelling issues that me cringe.

Was just saying to my husband last night how excited I was about the twist in my WIP. I think it will be awesome and heart-breaking if I can pull it off (a big if), but unless anyone takes the time to read to the end, no one will know ever know how much work I put into setting it up.
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I STILL haven't finished my synopsis. I'm hoping that that will help a little bit -- the agents who want them want to know what happens in submissions at least. So it helps for books with twists.

I didn't expect querying to go this way. I thought I'd be rejected, but maybe kindly or regretfully or helpfully rejected.
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Especially when I read some pubbed books that have writing/storytelling issues that me cringe. <- THIS!

Urgh, Kellion, synopses are evil. And querying is too. Querying has always been uber painful for me.
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I HATE synopsis. They are the spawn of Hell! I feel your pain, Kell!
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(((Kellion))) Querying just sucks however you look at it. I expected rejection. I didn't expect to be told over and over that my super commercial concept was too freaking commercial to sell. WTF?

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I love it, Clare!!!!

Today is a triple whammy so far, and the day is young. Old queries, new, everybody's doing spring cleaning. I could rewrite my query again, but I think it will only work if I describe somebody else's book.

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*echoing Ink* WTF?? How can something be 'too commercial to sell'???!
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*echoing Ink* WTF?? How can something be 'too commercial to sell'???!
Editors only want contemporary YA that's literary. No one's buying light, commercial stuff.
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Makes no sense to me, Ink.

I have no idea what MG is doing well now. The same few ms on QT get all the requests. There's an odd unanimity about what makes a concept worthwhile.
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It's such a knife to the heart when 'one' concept gets all the requests. I know it's all timing and bla bla bla, but the thing with timing is, either you have it or you don't. And Pitizens...we don't
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