I suggest in the post below that you do not query after you've written your first novel; that you wait, write a second, revise, then query.
The question then arises: is this your "first novel?"
When I receive a query letter with the phrase first novel, my assumption is you have not been published. In fact I'm praying this is NOT the actual first novel you've written.
I don't care how many are in the portmanteau in the attic wrapped lovingingly in pink ribbon. I only care if you've been published previously.
This reminds me of this Ray Bradbury quote -
"Quantity produces quality. If you only write a few things, you're doomed."
I've often wondered about this. Thanks for the post.
This is great to know--I've been trying a lot of new things with my writing, experimenting and I've racked up more than two complete manuscripts, so I have the experience--but yet I don't have to admit it. ;)
This actually scares me. Because the wip I'm working on is my first. I'll have to pray I can whip it into decent shape and then hurry on to the next while I query.
But thanks for the info!
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