A couple of days ago on Twitter, I did a bit of ranting :
Working in Tech Support, I see this on a daily basis (twice alone today). It is frustrating to know that you’ve put a lot of work and effort into making the steps as clear and easy as possible, only to have someone ignore them because its too much work. Of course, this isn’t just limited to computers. Oh no. This crosses over into Writing.
I am at the point in Genie Memories where it’s time to look at Agents and Publishers. This means I have to write up a Query Letter and a Synopsis.
I hate these. I hate them with a passion that rivals my hatred for dentists. I am of the firm opinion that these requirements are a pre-emptive strike from Agents and Publishers to get back at us writers for making them wade through so much crap.
I know I am not alone in this belief. I’ve yet to meet a writer who says “What? You mean you want to condense my 150,000 word masterpiece that I slaved over for three years into a single page? AWESOME!”
Um … yeah, no.
And yet, here I am working on both. Because the rules apply to me and I want to be a published writer. And quite frankly, I’m smart enough to know that writing Query Letters and a Synopsis do make me a better writer in the end.
Of course, if you don’t want to, that’s perfectly fine by me. Less competition. 🙂 In fact, follow these pieces of wonderful advice from Stevie Chuckles (aka Steven Gould) : Behaving Badly as a Career Strategy