I didn’t set out to blog on this topic, but a question came up in the comments to my First Query post, and I hope to address it here. So you’ve just received a call or an email from an agent, and he or she is making some positive noises about your manuscript. Congratulations! The first thing you should do is celebrate! Only possibly not over the phone with the agent. In my case, that would have been a bad idea. My Golden Heart® call revealed me to be a screamer.
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Adepts of Twitter know my agent, Sara Megibow, does #10queriesin10tweets nearly every Thursday. This is a feature where she pulls ten queries out of the NLA slushpile and tweets her reaction. Whether she passes or accepts, she tweets why while guarding the anonymity of the author. I don’t need to follow, but I still find it fascinating. In her latest installment, she tweeted something that got me thinking: “#3 cont. btw – I’m not judging. This person might be just learning and will figure out the biz and be a bestseller. #10queriesIn10tweets“ Even bestselling authors had to send out their first query, so I thought it might be helpful if some brave soul of an author might post his or her first query next to the one that resulted in an offer or a sale. I asked on my writers’…
Qui ne risque rien n’a rien. My father-in-law was fond of repeating this saying to his children. It’s is the French equivalent of “nothing ventured, nothing gained,” but the literal translation is actually stronger than that. Literally translated, the saying means “he who risks nothing has nothing.” Think about it. He who risks nothing has nothing.