Also, because I'm planning to submit my query to Query Shark this week.
:hides under desk:
Why the freak out? Because Query Shark is aptly named. She pulls NO punches. And if you do end up getting on the blog itself, you're subjected not only to the sharp teeth of the shark herself, but also to all of her QS followers (some of whom are her own clients, and quite good writers themselves). So it's a little bit like signing up for public flogging.
I'm feeling a little masochistic this week.
Actually, what I really want is to sell this book. And frankly, this rhino skin that everyone keeps talking about does me NO good if I don't step out and let myself get skewered once in awhile.
Plus, there's always the potential that the Query Shark will show me the error of my ways. Maybe she'll say "what are you thinking, writing this dribble?" or maybe "I hate this, fix it right nwo", but whatever happens, it'll be feedback and I'm in a feedback vacuum right now. I need feedback.
Because if I do want to sell this book, I have to have a sparkling query letter. And I need to get myself to the place where I can handle the criticism. And as so many people say, there's no better teacher than experience. So I'm about to get experience in public flogging.
If it gets published on the blog (and there's only a slim chance it will), I'll post it here so you can read it and come over to flog me a little bit, too.
I am nothing if not generous with offers to criticize me publicly.