Any of you who write a blog, or participate in blogs like this one, know that it feels like an ongoing conversation. I’m having this conversation with all of you; you’re talking to one another as well. It’s pretty cool the way we’re all sort of hanging out talking to one another every day.
I have another ongoing conversation here at my computer… the one in my query box. This one’s not quite so interactive. People send me queries and I respond. Only in a few cases does the conversation go further than that. Still, it’s a daily interaction for me, responding to queries.
What feels sort of surreal is the difference between these two conversations. There’s a bit of overlap – many of you who read my blog also have submitted queries. But for the most part, it feels like these are two distinct conversations, and never the twain shall meet.
Here on the blog, y’all are like, “Okay Rachelle, we get it, we hear you, we know everything there is to know about querying and publishing and how not to annoy an agent, and we will try our best to do this right.”
Over there in the query box, the general tone is more like, “Hey Ms. Agent, whoever you are, I don’t know you, never seen your website, don’t have a clue that you write a blog, don’t know what you represent, but HERE’S MY BOOK.”
So. To all of you reading this… thanks for being in the conversation! I realize that most of what I say here is pretty much preaching to the choir because the fact that you’re here means you already know a lot, and you’re working hard to learn even more. I appreciate it!
Don’t be scared by all the warnings I give about how NOT to come across like a hopeless ignoramus in your correspondence with publishing professionals. You’re not going to do that, because you’re here.
Bottom line, the people who most need to read agent blogs are probably not reading them. But we persist in writing them, because maybe, just maybe, those writers who really need to read this will one day find their way here… and then they’ll be one of YOU.
And not to get all sappy or anything, but I really do enjoy this conversation with you. Thanks!
Rachelle Gardner, Christian Literary Agent, Colorado