You know the saying the more you know the more you know you don't know? I think that is how it is with queries. They are a little scary because there is so much that needs to be said, so many jobs just a few little sentences need to accomplish. I have been a devoted follower of The Quintessentially Questionable Query Experiment, read Query Shark and have downloaded Elana Johnson's Query How to guide, but let me tell you - whatever you may think you know about how to write a hook and a query is suddenly crap when it comes time to write your own.
So...what's a writer to do?
Remember the hook I said you should think about? That's the start. And then, we do the same thing as we do with everything else in our lives.
Several weeks ago, I was participating in the #ninjachat at Ali Cross's blog when this subject came up. I had an idea in mind of what I wanted to have in my query, but found that it received as being confusing, which is the worst possible outcome of someone reading a query. Ali helped tweak it a bit, which got me on the right track. Then I sent it to my amazing CP's, who tweaked it a little more, as they know the story.
And now? Now I'm going back to these sites, re-reading all their information and comparing what I have in place. And I'm reading my query out loud daily, because I have a pitch session in a few weeks, and I want to have the concept so solidified in my head that it feels like I'm talking about one of my children. And beyond
Have you had success in querying? Do you have suggestions for those starting out? Any other querying resources I've missed?