Thursday, October 30, 2014
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
My attitude towards my writing and journey to publication swings to extremes a times. One day I'm ready to take it on, other days I wonder if I know what I'm doing. Many things can trigger this, the weather (it's been raining here for a week, which has been quite draining), a peice of information I come across that sheds light on my journey to being a better writer and getting published or my own inner critic.
Today seems to be one of the down days, like I mentioned earlier, this cold rainy weather is getting depressing.
Today I wonder, what if I don't sell this this book? It is a possibility in the post-Twilight daze (though my novel is adult and nothing like that series) where publishers and agents don't seem too interested in anything with vampires.
If I follow that dark road, it's easy to think of all the time "wasted" through writing, revisions, researching agents, etc.
Then I give my head a shake.
I didn't sit down and say, "I want to have a book published." When the idea first came to me, I said, "Hey, that would be a great story to write."
And that's what I did. I started writing.
I write because I have always loved to write and create. Ever since I was little I have wanted to be a writer. I didn't start my first blog to have a career as a blogger, I started it because I love to write and thought other people could benefit from reading about my parenting (mis)adventures.
I wrote a book because that's what I wanted to do. Then when I finished, I realized that I had something I wanted to share, something that people would probably want to read.
Was the time wasted? No. I loved becoming lost in the story and characters as I wrote. So much so that I'm working on a sequel. Actually, the characters wouldn't quit whispering to me so I didn't think I had much of a choice in carrying on their story. It looks like the whole series will be four books.
What if I don't sell the first manuscript?
I'm confident that there is an agent out there who will champion my story, and if I'm wrong, then when I start the other story idea I have, maybe that one will sell. Two things I have going for me: I'm extremely stubborn and not afraid of a challenge.
In the meantime, I will continue to write and query every agent in North America that accepts fantasy, paranormal, urban fantasy and possibly even suspense.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Rejections from literary agents are trickling in for my paranormal novel, but that's okay, I was prepared for that. I'll add them to the radio ones I received when I was starting my career in news. Eventually an agent will give me a shot, if not for this novel, then my next (how's that for optimism?).
When I first started reading about the query process, it was very intimidating. Agents seem like an untouchable entity that sit between you and your goal to get published. They want you to write a letter that gives them a small, yet exciting, glimpse at what your story is about and a bit about yourself. Sounds easy enough...but it's not. Getting that synopsis just right to spark their interest so they ask for more is challenging, especially knowing they look at dozens of queries a day and only accept a few new clients.
As my rejections arrive there's one thing I have appreciated; most of the agents say thank you for giving them the opportunity to see your project. I expected to receive short emails stating, "No, not what I'm looking for. " The emails I've received so far aren't much longer but at least they sound appreciative, even if they are likely a form letter.
I've started reading blogs for several agents, which are often very interesting. One blog I read that has stuck with me is by a new agent (she was the first to turn me down with a very nice personal email). She posted a piece about writers who lash out at agents that have rejected their work titled Things I Wish Authors Knew. It made me realize the importance of having an agent who loves and is excited about my work. I was lucky to read this before I really started querying. I've come to view finding an agent like finding any partner, not everyone will be right for me so I have to wade through the choices until I do find the right one...of course while constantly reevaluating my query letter.
So I continue to research agents (which seems to border on stalking) and learn as much as I can to improve my chances. If nothing else I'm discovering lots of great blogs, some of which are listed on the right side of this page.
How is your journey going?