Tuesday, May 29, 2012
When to Stop?
Something we aspiring writers are all too familiar with is the query letter. The usual conversation about the query gears towards developing the letter, what information is needed and how to get your voice across in a few short paragraphs. What I'm curious about today is after you have crafted that perfect query letter. You most likely have made a list of all the agents you want to query, including your top agents.
You've sent out the letter, maybe, hopefully received a request or many, but still no luck. When do you stop? When do you come to the point where you think it is time to just stop querying all together and put your manuscript back on the shelf?
Do you just go with the flow? Or do you have a set number of queries you are willing to send out before you pull the plug?
In the past what has always happened with me is while I'm querying I'm writing a new manuscript to keep my mind off my inbox. So by the time I finish the new manuscript I'm so gung ho about it I decide to put the other one away and start getting the new one up to par. Now looking back I wonder if I stopped querying too soon.
So let's get a conversation started. When do you stop querying?