Entering Queryland

Now that I am in a place where I am really happy with my manuscript (though I'm still obsessively combing it for typos and comma errors and the like) I have been spending a lot of time working on my query letter, and let me tell you, it is not easy.

Query letters are business documents that are supposed to be professional, short, and compelling. This is not an easy thing to accomplish. Having spent the last eight months steeping in the world of my book, it's been difficult to take a step back and figure out how to describe it in such a way that people might actually want to read it without going on and on and on and on...

One thing that helped was writing a one page synopsis. I did tons of research and, after a lot of sweat and a lot of chai, ended up with a single page that described my book well. Going from almost 80,000 words to less than 1,000 was tough, but once that was done it was easier for me to see the themes and major plot points that make my book, well, super interesting. 

After I wrote a draft of my query I sat with it for a few days and then went back to edit. Then I sent it to a bunch of my writing buddies for a once over, and incorporated some of their comments. Finally, after what has felt like a million drafts in which I rewrote the whole thing or just changed one word, I finally feel like I have it. This is the one. That feels really good. 

What's your query writing process like?