Procrastinating Over a Query Letter

A couple days ago, I sat down at my computer to write a query letter for an article idea I had just thought of. The words flowed from my fingers and onto the computer screen… I was happy. Once I finished the query letter, I closed Microsoft Word to let it sit for two days; I treat my query letters as I do my articles: I let them sit for a couple days and go back to edit them with a fresh set of eyes.

As my query letter was sitting, I logged into my account with Writers Market and began my search for potential markets. When I found a market, I opened the query letter back up to add the market’s name and information at the bottom of the query letter. I did this with each potential market I came across for that article.

Two days had passed so I opened up the query letter to begin the editing process. I made a few changes here and there, then I just sat for a moment and stared at it. I pondered on whether to send it to the first highest paying market on my list but soon decided not to. Yes, this is where the procrastinating over the query letter officially begun. I kept telling myself, “Maybe you could do better. It just doesn’t sound convincing enough. Okay, just close it and let it sit one more day then decide.” And that’s just what I did… I closed it to sit another day. I hope that tomorrow I’ll be more satisfied and ready to submit it to Writer’s Digest. I know one thing, though, I have to stop procrastinating or the darn thing will never go anywhere.

Have you ever found yourself procrastinating over a query letter? If so, what did you do about it? Did you make one last edit, send it and hope it was convincing enough to make the sell?


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