Query Tip: Trouble Writing the Pitch

I know, I know. You’re cleaning and decorating and cooking and dying (with a Y) in preparation for Easter, or are in the big fat middle of Passover or dancing in the garden in the moonlight because it looks like spring is really and for sure finally here.

fairy gifBut a brilliant thought came to me this week. Well, not actually this week. And perhaps not all that brilliant. But it’s something to consider:

IF YOU CANNOT SUM UP YOUR STORY IN 50 WORDS (GIVE OR TAKE) PERHAPS THE PROBLEM IS NOT YOUR PITCH BUT YOUR PLOT

Oh good gravy, how it hurts to say that. But I got to thinking about the practice novels I’ve written and the queries composed to go along with them. And the truth is, the more experience I’ve piled up in the writing profession, the better my novels. The better my novels, the better my pitch. The better my pitch, the better my query. And synopsis.

I know. The query-writing stage is not when you want to figure out that your plot needs work. That sucks eggs.

easter eggs dye gif

(I knew I’d get that Easter theme in here somehow.)

Still. Better now, than after that query’s sent.

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