Do you know what a query is? If you aren’t trying to get a book published, odds are you don’t. Which is awesome. Because if you are trying to get a book published then you have felt the bitter sting of rejection.
Over and over and over.
And over again.
When you query an agent you’re sending an email (you can query by snail mail but it’s easier to do it via email) with a quick synopsis of your story. Your hook. You want to get their attention, want them to read what you’ve written and love it as much as you do.
So you send out queries to an agent or agents and you wait.
You get rejected.
Perhaps you get rejected again.
You go through your first query and change things. You query again. You change again.
You have friends read and re-read it and help you change things. You count on your beta readers to give you good advice.
You do it over and over and hope this time, this query is it. This is the one that’s gonna get their attention.
When she was nine years old, Melissa Wright met Noah Floyd, rock star and lead singer of the hottest alternative band of the 1990’s.
Unfortunately for both, Noah was dead.
Yes, Melissa talks to ghosts, a gift she has avoided most of her life. Most of them just want to pass on a message to a loved one. She helps them, they leave. But not Noah. Twenty years after his death, he’s still around, ratting out cheating boyfriends, hitting on her attractive sister, and adamant he didn’t kill himself.
As the twentieth anniversary of Noah’s death approaches, Melissa is contacted by a writer who holds the key to solve the mystery of Noah’s death. But he’s handsome and charming and scarier than any ghost she has ever met. Unlike things that go bump in the night, he has the potential to change her life forever.
Melissa is faced with the choice of her life: if she opens up about Noah, he could finally get the closure he desperately needs. Yet Melissa knows from experience the world doesn’t take kindly to people who are different. By opening herself up to new friendships, new experiences and new love, Melissa may just end up finding not only an answer to Noah’s death, but herself along the way.
And if it isn’t it. You do it all over again.
It’s not about fame and money, at least not for me. It’s about wanting people to enter the world I’ve created and find joy and a connection there. The way I did when I was a young, bookish nerd desperate to be transported from my everyday life.