Originally Posted by IntuitiveJamie
Jumping in here. But in my research I have done I have heard/read that it's actually better to submit a query letter and then when you have a bite, to write the book. Instead of taking the time and energy for something that may never be published. How do any of you feel about this. This is the route I was thinking about going. Only because I work well under pressure and deadline. Without that, the book just seems to be looming, with little to not time to write it. However if I had someone to tell me, write it by X date..well then, I know I could get it done.
This might work for non-fiction with a very tightly structured/ready to go outline/format. I would suggest having the first 15-20 chapters completed though in case they want to see it.
As for me, I just like to write..publishing is secondary...I have to write, it's like breathing for me...but I write fiction so it's a bit different.
Not to say non-fiction writers can't feel the same way about writing as I do.