I commented to my wife about my recent query letter issues and she says: “Why do you even listen to those assholes?”
Because these people are supposed to be experts and I’m the lonely noob in this business? I dunno. But I noticed that when I gave this other person my newest query letter, she responded with outright hostility and negative criticism.
In fact–as far as I can remember–everyone who I’ve tried to approach with my work or suggestions has been met with outright hostility and negative criticism. But seldom does anyone sit down and try to give me helpful pointers on how to improve.
It’s always been: “Your writing sucks!” or (my personal fav): “You should quit writing!”
So is it any small wonder why I’ve been doing this whole thing solo? When you are expecting zero help from the online community at large, the next best course of action is to simply wing it and improvise–based on the available information you have at your disposal.
And do the work yourself to best of your ability.
So what have I been stuck with? Too much imagination and too much creativity with my writing.
And apparently–from what I’ve witnessed these past 17 years–agents and publishers really hate that in query letters.
But what can you do?