Hi! I'm back with another round of the blog chain. This time around, Laura wants to know:
Regarding your writing career, what’s the best mistake you’ve ever made and why?
I'm pretty sure that if you read the blog of Miss Snark or Colleen Lindsay or any of the other really great agenting blogs out there, you'll find an entry telling you what NOT to do, and gimmicks will be at the top of that last. Be clear, concise, and get to the point. I made the mistake of not listening. I wrote up my query letter as if I were writing a deathday letter. Basically I sent out about ten death threats. Which is how I feared they'd be perceived after I'd already sent them.
Luckily for me, it worked. My query was a hit and it landed me the coolest agent around. I still think to this day how wrong it could have all gone and it makes me shudder. Instead of offers for representation, I could have been sent restraining orders.
So tell me about the greatest mistake in YOUR writing career. And go check out the awesome mistake Michelle H made yesterday and then tomorrow go check out Abby's greatest mistake.