Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Performance Anxiety

Truth. I currently suffer from performance anxiety.

I can stand up and speak in front of thousands of people, on the spot, with no preparation, and love every minute.

But, for some reason I lack the polished ability to write a stinkin' query letter. ACK.

Yes, I've studied the topic. Yes, I've written a gazillion versions for BOTH of my manuscripts. But, I just can't seem to hit the nail on the head.

Today, in the attempt to study the topic even MORE, I came across an uplifting post:

I like the idea.

What I liked most was her suggestion:
"It’s authenticity. By authenticity I mean the assurance and dignity that comes from being genuinely knowledgeable and truly intimate with the subject you are writing about; that you’ve immersed yourself in it; that you’ve walked the walk so you can talk the talk (or write the write). This authenticity makes me feel as if a book had to be written. Not just because the author would love to be published, but also because the author has something of importance to say, something to add to the world."

So, back to the drawing board. I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.

Are query letters easy for you to write? If so, wanna write mine?


  1. I'm with you Margo, those query letters are slippery devils! It gets even more difficult when you start reading all of the different tips/preferences that agents give. Some like the hook at the beginning, some want it to be ultra-formal, and so on.

    It gives me a headache just thinking about it.

  2. I know, first-hand, how good you are speaking in front of a live audience. So, here's my thought for you: could you pitch your book to a publisher, in person? (I have no doubts that you could.) If you can do that, why can't you then transfer that pitch to paper?

  3. Holly - I took your advice, and it paid off! Thanks!