Shannon Messenger did a great guest post on the Query Tracker blog last week - read it here - about knowing when you're ready to query. I'm at that crossroads right now.
Her three main points to consider are:
Mine's been read by family and friends and my critique partners, and parts of it have been read by industry professionals. The concept is unique and fresh, the writing is good (if I do say so myself), and I've tweaked and tweaked until I feel like I can't tweak anymore.
I've got a good one. It's been critiqued by an agent and my critique partners, and gets the thumbs up. It has already garnered me a bit of interest.
Am I ready to face rejection? Is this the best possible manuscript I can write? Hmmm. I think so. I love the story. I think it's the best work I can possibly produce at this point in my life. Could it be better? Well, probably. Things can always get better (isn't that a song? Yup, Howard Jones).
I've got a few beta readers still reading - and their feedback will be helpful in making my final decision about when to actually send the query letters that are burning holes in my hard drive. I'm contemplating sending to my top 6 or 7 agents and evaluating my response rate.
Check out Shannon's guest post, and tell me: How do you know you're ready?