Monday, March 12, 2012

The Query Distraction Decoupage

It's official: I'm really really really bad at query writing. Nothing I have come up with has been met positively, and it has me baffled. This is a short little thing. It shouldn't be this hard. I get bogged down in details. Apparently my mind is more fitted for the synopsis, which I'm not attempting until this query is DONE because I'm trying NOT to be detailed right now. Grr. *opens From The Query to the Call by Elana Johnson*

So yesterday while I was going back and forth with query attempts and a manuscript critique for a friend, I experimented with my first decoupage. It was harder than I expected (or maybe I was just already frustrated), but I threw together a couple pictures from Florence with some scrapbook pretties. I plan to put text in the blue box but my handwriting is terrible so I'm not sure how I want to do it yet.



So that's pretty much all I have to show for this weekend. How was your weekend? 

17 comments:

  1. I'm sure it's not that you're really, really, really bad at it. You just need to find your niche. Don't give up! And I would definitely encourage more distractions such as the loveliness above. :)

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  2. What a beautiful panel! That looks like so much fun. Good luck with the query! You can do it!

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  3. I love what you've done! It's beautiful!!!

    As for the query writing, well, I'm not sure anyone is super good at it. And if they are, and you find them, give them my number. I'd pay good money to have them rework mine!

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  4. Good luck! You'll find your query voice eventually, I'm sure!

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  5. It looks beautiful, Kristin! Wishing you lots of luck with your querying!

    I spent last week snowboarding in Stowe, Vermont. It was super fun and SOO beautiful there. I wish vacation wasn't over. Boo to Mondays and getting back to reality :/

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  6. Smart thinking to take a break from query writing-it's hard to pluck away on something like that when you're frustrated. And I LOVE that you decoupaged!! I love your layout, photos and colors.

    Handwriting always pulls me in because each person's is so different and I never care how messy or garbled because it's someone pouring their thoughts from their OWN hand.

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  7. Queries are really, really, really hard. I think I'm getting a little better at them, but my first couple novels' queries were atrocious. Now I write the query at the beginning of the first draft of the book. It helps me focus on the first 50 pages and it also helps me know if I even have a good enough idea in the first place, or if the concept needs more pizazz. But don't worry. You'll get there. I'm really excited to read your book! :)

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  8. Like I said on fb- you'll get there! Everyone has several tries under their belt until they find the right one. It's super hard. Good thing you only need one to snag an agent! I would hate to have to write one for every single book! Your decoupage is so pretty! It's good to take breaks from the query- to let stew for a bit.

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  9. Aww super cute! And the flower over the statue? HYSTERICAL! And no worries about the query. You'll get it perfect! You're Kristin and therefore intrinsically awesome - DUH! :)

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  10. Oooh, pretty!
    I stink at queries too. And the synopsis. STINK, I tell you! But I go to the library and read tons of back cover blurbs on books I've read. It helps me get a good handle on how to write brief snippets.

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  11. Hi Kristin!

    I found you in Deana's comment section and clicked on your pretty picture to find out more about you. You're obviously very talented and you have a wonderful personality too! I like your blog.

    I think you need to take it easy on yourself. This query thing is never a walk in the park, but the key to owning it is to keep at it. Makes sense? The more queries you read, the better you begin to understand the "flow" of it and, perhaps, envisage ideas for your own. At least, that's how it is for me.

    It was nice to meet you and I hope we can meet again.

    Ciao!

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  12. Query writing is torture! Although I'm finally better at it now (I still write pitches and whatnot which are basically the same). But it's still painful. Breaks are a good idea. I've never tried decoupage. I'm more like a movie-watching, cheeto eating break sort of person. But decoupage sounds like it could do the trick ;)

    On another note, Florence is one of my favorite Italian cities. They have the best food. Did you visit other cities while in Italy?

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  13. Query letter writing SUCKS! Pure and simple.

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  14. aww i'm sorry. If it makes you feel any better i'm good at query writing and struggling a bit with mine right now, too. But you'll get there, i promise! And then they next one will be easier (OR!!! Maybe you'll get an offer and then you won't ever need another one! yeah, that sounds like the best option)

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  15. Wow, I'm impressed! I'm absolute rubbish at things like that and in complete awe of people who can make such pretty things.

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  16. Queries are so hard. I feel your pain. I let mine sit and I tweak endlessly. But even when I think I'm done, I'm not and there's still some more tweaking to do. Don't worry, though, you'll get it right.

    I tagged you on my blog.

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