Why, oh why, are query letters so scary? Because they're your one chance shot, that's why! I've just about made myself sicker than a dog. Seriously. I feel like my little Jack Russell mix who runs around chomping on grass until she pukes when a storm is approaching.
I've just finished my first query letter for my children's chapter book. *Phew* It took me days to write and weeks to revise. Letters, which I've been writing since grade school, have now become the most difficult task in the world. It was even more difficult than writing the darn book itself!
I picked up a how-to book called Guide to Query Letters by Wendy Burt-Thomas. It is a wealth of information. I highly recommend picking up a copy. It was put out by The Writer's Digest in 2008.
I met a newly published author just the other day. He told me to quit fussing over the darn thing and just get 'er done!
Now, comes the hard part, sending this puppy out!