Yep, I sent out my first small batch of queries around 1 o'clock last night (or technically morning). So much has changed since last year when I sent my very first queries. Thankfully, in a very good way.
1. My query is a 1000x better
2. My manuscript is a 1000x better
3. Wait, who even needs a third reason when you have a 1 and 2 like that?
Of course, this is only my opinion, only time will tell if the publishing world agrees. But for now I'm feeling great knowing I've made progress and that my work has improved. Is it perfect? No. Do we ever think our own work is perfection? Rarely. We're our own toughest critics, but the important thing is taking notice in the direction you're headed, and giving yourself a little pat on the back when it's the right way.
Now that I'm riding the query train again I'm bursting at the seams to get started on my new project. Once I get past the first few times of dropping my son off with complete strangers (that would be nursery school) I know I'm going to love the fours hours of uninterrupted writing time I'll gain each week.
Hello, 2010. I knew we were going to get along just fine.