can you die of nervous excitement?

The name of the game today was "query letters".

I have been writing, and rewriting my query letter since before I fell asleep in the wee hours of the morning...yesterday.  I think I was rewriting it in my sleep, if you want to know the truth.  I woke up feeling like there was something I was supposed to be changing, but I couldn't remember what it was. 

I have decided this aspect of writing is the most frustrating thus far. 

The truth is, you could be the next Ernest Hemingway or John Steinbeck...heck, you could be the next Stephenie Meyer...but if you can't get past the query letter, no one will ever know. 

I do think I have finally mastered the query (after countless rewrites and a serious dose of OCD). Now comes the next step...sending them out.

I pressed "send" on my first email this evening.  It was a little bit like jumping from someplace really sucked my breath away and sent my stomach into a spin cycle...just for a second mind you.  And in that second, I wished I could pull it back...cancel the send, if you will.  It was too late, of course, and thank goodness it was!  I may have chickened out completely if given the opportunity. 

So now I have to work my way through the list of agents and hit send just a few more times. 

And maybe a few more after that...after all...I'm ready. 

Until the next time...I'll be querying!

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Posted on July 4, 2011 .