I think I’ve made up the difference for the earlier slow-start to the revision.
My original plan–which has since been scrapped–called for a synopsis and query letter to be created this week as well. At the end of the week I think I’ll have a solid, submittable draft of a novel but ‘the package’ is not complete.
Here is where my expertise is shaky. I can talk all day about how to develop characters and how to create goodish dialogue and how to write sentence after sentence. But a business letter?
The many agents that have spoken on the subject say that a good writer is a good writer is a good writer. Savvy? If you write a compelling novel you should be able to write a compelling query letter and/or a compelling synopsis. Deep down I agree…if you’re good you should be able to do it. But the level of difficulty is different in my opinion, and that’s what I think us writers whine about. We just want to do the fun stuff. Not the research papers.
You know how you have writing a short story and a novel are different beasts? Well, a novel and a query letter are even more different. One is a creative endeavour–an attempt to explore the foibles and fuck-ups of mankind. The other is a marketing tool–a sales letter–an implementation of many sales seminars and corporations. (So, perhaps John is the most qualified of us to create a query letter: the MBA Man.)
I have to adjust my writing muscles and I’m feeling the strain, is pretty much what I’m saying. So far, I’ve started two new novels, am editing a third, and trying to put together a ‘sales’ package. Three different kinds/stages of writing.
At least my writing biceps should be sexy enough for sleeveless shirts.