For those of you who have been watching Mark of the Conifer develop, I thought I'd let you know that I am officially querying the novel now. I've set a goal of 3 queries every day for 30 days. After that, if I still have agents, I'll keep it up until I run out.
Querying is one of the most annoying, hateful things a writer can do. The only thing worse is a synopsis. You have to boil down all your complexities into something just bland enough to be borderline boring, but with enough unique aspects to set yourself apart, but not too far apart because no one likes an audience-alienating premise that won't sell because it's too bizarre for words. And don't forget connective causation, because you can't mention random crap in a query that comes out of nowhere. And you have to try and come up with something people will care about while your shoulder demon is yelling "NO ONE CARES ABOUT THIS! IT'S GOING TO GET REJECTED!"
I don't have a problem with writing. But when the time comes to actually put yourself out there, with little to none of your best foot forward, it sucks. I've spent 8 years working on this book. I've fiddled around with my query for about 3 months. And which one will the agent see first?
No one likes querying. As Mark Twain said "I wanted to write you a short letter but I didn't have the time so I wrote you a long one instead." I am not expecting anything to happen from this little endeavor. Anything that does will be a pleasant surprise. I give kudos to my friends who will hear me bitch and moan continuously for the next month. I don't exactly have a contingency plan for rejection yet. "You could ebook it!" Yes. Or I could fiddle with things some more and try querying again in 6 months.
God, I hate querying.