Dry Spell

So busy at work I have had no time to blog!  Oh the humanity!  I seem to have hit a dry spell with writing and querying.  I have yet to be able to do any type of writing I have been so busy at home and at work and I haven’t really gotten any responses from Lit Agents lately either.  They seem to drift in one or two at a time, I got one this weekend…rejection of course, but I still have 19 pending letters out there that have yet to be answered.  Maybe everyone is on vacation?  This seems to be the season for it and I will be heading out on one of my own in due time…Yeah that’s what I’ll tell myself.

And the journey continues…

The Big Reveal

So throughout the whole process of thinking about, writing, editing, and now querying, I have yet to tell anyone in my group of friends or family about this endeavor I have undertaken (with the exception of my wife and my editor who is a friend of my wife). So the question is now, do I start telling people? Is it too early? Should I wait until I’m published? Should I have already told them?

I don’t usually ask for feedback but I’m really curious…what should I do?

And the journey continues…

Edits done-ish!

Just got word from my editor that she is done going through my whole novel!  Looks like my ending is a little weak and I have decided to do a re-write of my final chapter and epilogue which will give me a stronger ending and move some stuff from the end of Break Away and move some of it to the beginning of novel #2, the sequel.  Also, when I say editor, I mean one of my friends who was an English-major…So I have been looking into getting a professional editor to look at it.  Hopefully this will help me once I land an agent.

Speaking of which, I think I may also re-write my first couple pages of the novel to “punch it up” as Lit Agents apparently are hooked or not on your project on the first page and it’s not a sum of all the pages you have given them in most cases.  I think my first page is quite good, but it clearly could be better as I have yet to land an agent.  I have sent out just over 50 letters and have gotten no response or a no from around 30ish.  Hopefully these changes will get me an agent, we’ll see…

And the journey continues…

Half Way There…

So I sent out my 50th query letter today, not sure if I should be happy about this or not.  So I set a goal of 100 query letters before seriously looking into self publishing, but being halfway there, I am kinda dreading getting closer and closer to that 100 mark.  There are some very intriguing things about being self-published, but the potential reach of print publishing and having a Lit Agency at your back actively pushing your book to publishers is a pretty powerful thing to have.  I am someone who likes to have control over a lot of things in my life and so self-publishing would give me just that, but I think it would be kinda disappointing to only have a small amount of people read my ebook when I worked so hard on it.

I still have a large amount of queries out there that are “pending” or within the general time window the agent gives for review so hopefully one of them or one of the next 50 agents I query will bite.  Someone’s got to right??

And the journey continues…

45 and Going Strong

45 Query Letters sent and going strong!  While I have yet to get a positive response, I am still chugging along…more like slogging.  With the last 10 or so letters I sent and most from now on, I have been making them a lot more personalized in an effort to attract that Lit Agent that might otherwise have skipped right over me.  I am hoping this works as I have been reading a lot of Query Letters That Worked over on Writer’s Digest.  Many of them were at least personalized to the agent in some way so if it worked for them, why not me right?  We shall see…Work has been so busy, it feels like I have no time to do my other job…THIS!

And the journey continues…

Back to the Grind

The holiday is over and it’s back to work…both my job and the book adventure.  No rejections over the weekend (I think) so that was nice, and I spent a few hours casually editing my query letter.  It’s amazing how something I thought was so good, changed so much.  Honestly, this newer version is so much better then the previous, it’s kind of disheartening…hopefully I don’t come back to this new letter in a few weeks and find it equally in need of editing!

I have found another resource for finding Literary Agents and I have already found another 5 that seem to be a good fit so letters will be sent immediately.  These 5 will bring me to about 40 Agents queried….60 left to go before I hit my goal, but hopefully I find someone willing to take me on before I get to 100…

And the journey continues…

Query Quest

Query letters…they never seem to end!  I realize they are a necessary part to getting published, but they are so time consuming.  So statistically, if I were to query 100 appropriate Literary Agents, only 1 would want to move forward with my work and even then, I may just have to get lucky.  Those are terrible odds and I hate gambling.  Out of everything I have done so far with my book: planning it, writing it, editing it, and creating a social media platform for myself and then book, querying is, by far, the most grueling part.

Speaking of which, I got another rejection today which was freakin great!  It was from one of the Lit Agents I queried right at the beginning of my search which makes it that much more painful for some reason.  The first 5 or 10 people I queried, I had poured over their bios and found them to be perfect fits.  As time went on, the more Lit Agents I found, the less personal it seemed.  It’s hard to find that fine line between writing a letter that is appealing to all yet personal enough to grab the reader’s attention.  I read some successful query letters and some are super personal, like I met you, I love this this and this interest of yours, and I loved when you did this and that…how do these people have time to find all of that?  It seemed like a second job to query just over 30 Lit Agents let alone make any of my letters that personal.  Maybe my letters just suck?  Who knows.

As much as I don’t want to self-publish and as much as I tell myself I still have 70 agents left to query (100 is the limit I have set for myself), I have done some research and there are parts of self-publishing that are appealing and parts that are not…Who knows…

And the journey continues…

Some time, but not enough

So I find myself today, now that I finished adding in the latest round of edits from my editor, that I don’t have enough time to sit down and start writing novel #2 yet, and have time to promote myself via my website and social media.  However, besides posting a blog post, retweeting some things here and there, and starting at my Google Analytics page, what more is there to do?  

I have made a conscious decision to not tell friends or family about my site or my writing projects until I find a publisher.  I know that once you write and especially once you have finished a novel, you are a writer…but personally I won’t feel like a writer until someone can find and read my book without me giving it to them, whether paper or ebook format.  Just my personal feeling.

So I don’t have enough time to sit and write (I do realize the irony of this statement as I am sitting and writing this blog post, but when I say sit own and write, I mean for hours at a time) and I think I have done all I can with social media (I have a website, Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress pages).  So I suppose I should try and find some more Lit Agents to query…

And the journey continues…