I’ve Been Letting a Lack of Confidence Hold Me Back

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Back in September I started querying my first book agents seriously. I’d done a lot of research about who I should send my book to, what a query should (and shouldn’t) be, how to write a synopsis of varying lengths, etc.

But I’ve queried 16 times and I realized I’m short changing myself.

I’ve not been going in guns a-blazing… more like guns locked in a secure and unknown location. I wasn’t doing my best to sell myself and my book; I was letting my lack of confidence lead the way to wishy-washy mediocre queries.

I think it finally occurred to me when I got a rejection in less than 24 hours after I sent it. It was like a red flag finally went up that something wasn’t quite right. I could feel it in my gut. I needed to change my approach or else all that time I spent working on my book would be a waste.

This is not the time to cop out.

This is the time to take proactive steps to make sure that the next 16 queries make an impact and really show the book in its best light.

After a helpful tip from a fellow writer, I did even MORE reading about how to make a query give more bang for its buck. It’s going to take more time, but in the end it will be worth it.

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