Monday, May 23, 2011

The Edge of the Cliff

I'm THIS close to the query. THIS. CLOSE. It's exciting. It's scary as hell. But mostly exciting. I am finding that I'm terribly insecure all of the sudden. Not like me at all. I'm driving my writing friends and my Crit Group nuts. Emails every few minutes. One last look at my Prologue. One last go at my query. And a million questions for my friends who are already published. Should I mention this? Should I send this? And does 10 pages mean cutting off right at 10 pages in the middle of a chapter? Did you query this agent? They didn't ask for a query, just the first ten pages in an email - does that mean I still send the query?

Oh my goodness, as my five year old nephew is SO fond of saying these days. "Oh my goodness, Aunt Jen!" I know I need to jump. But I can't see the bottom! I'm a planner. I plot my books. I organize my writing. This whole jumping without seeing where I'm going is crazy stuff!

I keep coming back to this, though. I am not alone. Nope. I'm surrounded by friends and fellow writers. Everyone has been so supportive, so tolerant of the emails and the seemingly endless questions.

I've been nudged, but I didn't move. Then more persistently nudged and I've still got my feet firmly on the ground. My toes are curled just over the edge. I'm getting closer. Psyching myself up. I think I'd better jump before someone just pushes me...

What about you - have you queried yet? Was it nervewracking? Did you have a good support system? Any words of encouragement, advice or warning?


  1. I haven't queried yet, but I think I'll need some psyching up too.

    Good luck!

  2. I would totally be the same way, asking questions on every detail. But it's great to have others around us that have gone through it to offer their knowledge, and we in turn can pass it on to others.

    Wishing you all the luck in the world! This is a huge step but it's going to be great, I just know it. :)

  3. You've asked all the right questions and planned as much as humanly possible. At this point you just gotta make like Alex/Nike suggests and just do it! Fingers and toes crossed for you but it sounds like you've done your homework. Good luck!
    - Sophia.

  4. No, I haven't queried ever, but I get the jitters.
    G'luck with the querying Jenny!

    You go bag that agent quick ;)

  5. Do it! ;) DOO IT! You know my stance on this.

  6. Yay!! Good luck Jennie! Querying is definitely terrifying and thrilling all at once. You just have to go for it. You sound like you're prepared and knowledgable, so go for it! Let me know how it goes. I'm rooting for you!

  7. Best of luck to you!! The BEST thing to do, and this is coming from agents and published authors I've had the privilege to see in person at conferences lately, is to get yourself out there.

    Just remember, it's totally subjective. A form rejection means absolutely nothing in the grand scheme of things. If you've done your research and query to your dream agents specifics, you should do great!!

  8. JUMP!

    You don't go splat. You bounce back up. Every time. I promise.

    So jump. :)

  9. You're right, You had better jump before I push you off that cliff. I mean, after all, I do have to return the favor. :D ( a certain Jennie did push me off that query cliff once!)

  10. Ugh, so nerve-wracking! I hope you figure it out soon--it will all work out! Good luck!

  11. don't be nervous! Just DO IT!!!

    and yes, the first book was terribly nerve-wracking. But you're ready. Geaux, Jen~~~ ((hugs)) best of luck!

  12. You can do it, girl!!! I guess I never got nervous--my first submission was in high school as part of a writing class, and I started my rejection slip collection then. LOL That's the worst that can happen, anyway--they say no and you try another agent/editor. Or revise. ;o)