It’s Query Time! Part Two

10 Apr

While Kevin is hard at work inking illustrations, I have been busy the last few weeks preparing a query letter to submit to prospective agents, as well as getting the first round of queries submitted.  This is a new endeavor for Team Green Bean, so a great deal of research and preparatory work has gone into the process.  I find querying quite a bit like preparing a resume for prospective employers–You proof read and revised a hundred times, but your still not one hundred percent sure if you’ve highlighted your talents in a single page!  

I started the query process by researching how to write a query letter.  The Agent Query website has a very helpful article about this.  Once I completed the letter, Team Green Bean reviewed and revised it.   

 The next step was locating agents.  I have been utilizing the Writer’s Market website to locate agents that represent work in our genre, as well as keep track of submissions.  This is a great resource for writers and it is very reasonably priced.

I stared submitting queries via email to about ten agents that represent picture books.  I have limited the number of submissions, as suggested by various sources, in order to allow time for feedback from agents.  You don’t want to send out fifty query letters only to find that your query letter doesn’ t pack a punch!

So far, we have received emails back from three agent, but no offers and no feedback specific our project.  We will have to wait and see.  This could be a while, as some agents take up to eight weeks to send return emails due to the high volume of queries they receive!  If nothing comes of this round of submissions,  Team Green Bean will revise our query letter and submit again.  Wish us luck!

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