Terrible Tip: Don’t Get Caught With Your Trousers Down
Here’s a riddle for you: What has 2 thumbs and is a complete dumbass? Answer: This guy! (meaning me)
When you begin to query, you should really make sure you have the full story ready to send out.
When I was getting ready to query, I did the first 50 pages and then thought, “Why bother with the rest of it? Not like anyone’s going to ask for it.”
Well, someone did. Oh. Shit.
Making the situation worse was I said the story was 85,000 words. So when I combine my edited 50 pages with the rest it’s 125,000 words. D’OH!!! I spent an entire night until 1:30am doing a quick edit job. I’ll probably have missed something and look like a total ass now.
They also wanted a 1-2 page synopsis, which I had to whip up on the fly during my lunch break. Though the first draft was too long so I went back and edited later. I feel less bad about that because agents ask for anything from 1 page to 3, 5, maybe even 10 pages synopses. It’s hard to be prepared for that unless you write a whole bunch of them in advance. Or maybe write a long one that you could pare down later.
Anyway, what the Boy Scouts always say–Be Prepared–is good advice. Don’t be a lazy assclown like me, kids!
If anyone needs me, I’ll be bashing my head into a wall.