Haha, so I got my first rejection e-mail. Wow, you know a few years ago I think I might have been choked up about it. My baby was rejected, and with a form letter no less, but hey, the form letter had my name on it! And they were so quick about it, too. I sent it off yesterday, no joke, and got the reply today. I was expecting to wait weeks for that first “No.” Either the lady really hated it, or I did a major formatting “no-no.”
Haha, anyway I think that was less nerve wracking than waiting for someone to call you back after a job interview. Those guys can take forever to tell you “No way!” This lady took 24 hours… that is, if she even read it. I kinda think she didn’t because it just came back too fast.
So, now I feel accomplished. I actually submitted my work to a complete stranger for scrutiny and I’m ready for more. To rejection, I say: NEXT!
Query letters…. Okay, so Writers Market gives you a standard cookie cutter format. Looks good, easy even, but then you think EVERYONE AND THEIR MOM HAS THIS SAME BOOK! Do agents really want to read the same format over and over? Maybe they will grab the letter that dared to be different. OR maybe they will take the letter that dared to be different and say: MUHAHAHAHA! One to burn for not following the rules!
Time to do more query research, unless anybody out there has any advice? I pay in… uh… let’s see… stale organic chocolate chip cookies. 🙂
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There is so much to do! I’m reading this big, thick book known as The Writers Market that lets me know that finishing a book hasn’t even gotten me over the first hurdle. I’ve got the blog, now I need the book trailer, the readings, the PR, and… finally… the agent. After the agent, the game begins.
I’m loading up on carbs and watching my butt grow as I try to figure out how to do all this stuff. Fun stuff, fun stuff, but hey I love it. Now I know why some of my writing teachers say being a serious writer is a full time job. Marry someone to take care of you so you won’t starve trying to follow your dream.
So, hey, I like long walks on the beach (not really), I like to cook and clean (HAHAHAHA, if you believe that go away now), and I’ll work out so my butt won’t be so big after I finish eating up all these carbs! Marry me someone!
Anyways, book trailer up soon!
I know I sound like a hick, but I will fix it so that I sound more like a nerd in my next statement. Before this blog, I’ve only had blogs for class. I know, fun, fun stuff, right?–uh yeah, no.
So, if anyone is reading this or following me, you might know that I fancy myself a writer. I went and got fancy degrees that say I’m a writer, but they don’t say if I’m any good. If you ask me, I might say I suck on Wednesday, but I was hot on Tuesday. I’m biased; so hey, I want to ask you!
This blog is to show people what I’ve been working on FOREVER (okay, so for the past few years). I finally, finally finished a novel that I am brave enough to share with anyone who wants to read it. I’m going to be checking in here and letting you all know what I’m doing to get this publishing thing going. I’ll post rejection letters, YOU SUCK letters, and anything else, along with book trailers and chocolates and pies, and cookies (and now I’m just trying to see if you’re still reading :D!)
Keep up with me and my journey and drop me a line some time. I love talking to other writers and readers and lurkers, and whoever else is out there!