Where the Happily Ever Afters Are Always In Color

I haven’t updated in while because I’ve been in a very negative head space. I was put in the negative head space by this bridesmaids dress.

The wedding was magical and the reception was a blast, but the dress was miserable. I got passed the dress because I didn’t really have a choice and boarded a red eye to Boston, where I threw up a tainted Strawberry Frapaccino 20 minutes into the flight, all over the flight attendants’ station in the rear of the plane. They were very gracious, offering me ginger ale and making sure no one bugged me while I sulked in the bathroom for 40 minutes. I didn’t sleep a wink on the 6 hour flight, spent the whole day shopping with my mother and the whole night being a good friend to the bride. 3 hours of sticky sleep later, I was off to the beach with another friend to continue being a good friend. I spent the week sweating in unbelievable July humidity and when I finally got to sit down to send out more queries, I found out my mother had been completely wrong about my father switching over from dial-up to wi-fi. I did make use of my free moments, re-reading my book, AGAIN.

So I came back to LA… mission critical… sending out more queries.

At this stage in the game, I’m submitting to a few agents who would like a synopsis along with your query little. Some want a 1 page synopsis, some want 2 pages and a few want 5 page synopses. So I’d planned on tackling the 1 pager first and of course I ran into a few roadblocks.

Roadblock 1: My Boyfriend
I’ve noticed on twitter and facebook a lot of people like to complain about their significant others. I think this is weird. I actually like my boyfriend. Actually, I love him. I missed him a lot while I was away (several factors kept him from coming with me… work, my mother’s puritanical views. work). I wanted to spend some time with him. So that happened.

Roadblock 2: A Serious Lack of Sleep
I am a little nuts when it comes to my schedule. I usually eat, sleep, wake up, workout at the same time everyday, so sleeping only a few hours a night for a whole week wasn’t great for me. I can do it for months on end, but when my body sees that window for rest, it throws up its elbows and jumps through that window. I had a beautiful to-do list written out in the beginning of the week. I was so tired I ended up staring at the television, let my eyes water to re-runs of Amazing Wedding Cakes. Tuesday I woke up in a puddle of my own drool with re-runs of Law and Order SVU on at full volume. Finally I gave in and tried to get 8 hours the next couple nights, but I still felt like I was slacking even though I was researching my butt off.


Roadblock 3: Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
It’s real and I have it. I thought I was seriously crazy in high school and college because I had to lock myself in a silent, windowless room to get any amount of homework done. I cried in my twelfth grade genetics class because I wanted to get an A and I was having such a hard time focusing. I almost dropped out of college over a Dickens paper I just couldn’t seem to write. Now that I know that I have it, it just makes my difficulty with focusing a little better, because I know I’m not crazy. I’ve tried Adderall. It works GREAT. Totally helps you focus… on whatever you’re already focused on. I’ve set out to write two chapters in a day and have ended up cleaning my entire place top to bottom, which included taking apart a fan to clean the blades. Most ADD meds are mild forms of Meth, in my opinion and coming down from them makes you cranky as all get out. Without the druggies, if I’m on the ADHD rollercoaster, its hard to get off. I’m stuck on the ride at the moment.

So it’s Friday. I’ve researched more agents, got some very helpful resources on writing a romance synopsis from a published author who is a pretty cool lady in general and I bugged some lit agents and assistants on twitter* (got some great feedback). Still, I head to bed synopsis-less and a little sad.

Here’s where I keep it positive, though. I have a roof over my head and a nice family who felt really bad that I puked on the plane. The wedding was actually fun and my boyfriend is still nice to look at. I was down in the dumps before I pumped out one of my favorite chapters and an epilogue I was really happy with. I will write this synopsis and then I will write another one and another. True Blood will start to level out in terms of comprehensive story lines. And I will find an agent…eventually.

p.s. j. crew does not cater to big chested women, but the ladies in their call center were very sympathetic to my problems.

*ive added Lit agent’s assistant Cassandra Marshall to the sidebar. Her blog is helpful and positive. I need the positive.

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 Day 8

07.13.2010

Got two more form rejections this morning. Spirits are high, though. Traveling to a wedding this week/weekend. My parents finally got wifi, so my free time will be spent querying aggressively.

Tally to Date —> 5 Out in the Universe
                         3 Thanks but no thanks
                         2 You have to be joking!

In other news, “Made You Look” by Nas has been in my head all week and I really want this bag. 

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 Day 3

07.08.2010

Like me and all of my personalities, every agent is different. Doing my best to bring my best work forward to find that special one..

After going through about 12 that were too inappropriate for any sort of bookseller that doesn’t also carry lube, I settled on a title today. Feel super about that.

Tally to Date —> 7 Out in the Universe
                         2 No!

                         

 I would like a Sam Summer before bed.

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Learned a few more things and I’m not loving my title. What will I do… Will Steph be able to help me…

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 Day 2

07.07.2010

I woke up to a rejection in my inbox. Again, the turn around was pretty quick. This particular agent requested 2-4 weeks for an e-reply. They got back to me in 7 hours. I will be very honest, my query letter was too long and didn’t tell the right parts of the story. I lived, I learned, I went in search of help. For a few minutes the sensitive six year old in me wished they’d given it at least a whole day. The quick turn around made me think they skimmed a bunch of queries or simply didn’t read mine. In the end the mistake was mine.

Crappy Query = Rejection.

Anyway, I was over my own failing some time around 8:30 am. I need one agent, not all of the agents.  I sent my awesome bf off to work and got back on the query pony.

I resisted the urge to watch Say Yes To The Dress and did 4 things.

1: I went back in search of query letters that actually helped people land an agent. Book Ends LLC has a few sample query letters from their own clients and they are good. I hate mystery novels, but the two queries she posted from mystery writers were so good I’m going to read their books. (BELLC’s link is in the side bar –>)

2: I rewrote my query.

3: I had it critiqued.

4: I rewrote it again.

I ate lunch and folded towels in there somewhere. Then I drove across town listening to Passion Pit. All in, a good day. I’ve learned a ton in the past 12 hours and I’ll probably spend the rest of the night learning some more, while trying to stay away from conversations about Qhuinn and Blay and Manny and Payne. I always get sucked into those.

Tally to Date —> 2 No!
                         3 Out in the Universe 

Amateur Tip: Research query letters. Research ‘em hard.

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 Day 1… Part 3

07.06.2010

I got some really helpful feed back on my query letter from a writers forum this evening. Taking the those tips to do some re-working before I send out more.

In the meantime… Cupcake Wars is on.

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 Day 1… Part 2

07.06.2010

Sent out 4 queries.

- Received one form rejection (a general dear author letter saying the agent has decided to pass on your work based on your letter of summary) exactly 36 minutes after I sent it. 

I was totally okay with this because I spent a week pretty much reading up on how to expect several million rejections before you get some good news. Odd thing was this particular agent was on twitter not 10 minutes later talking about how they blew through a large number of queries in an hour and only approved 6. Didn’t let that get me down,though I felt a little bad for the person who’s query they openly mocked using examples.

2010 has been a pretty positive year for me so far. I’m going to keep this positivity thing going and hope for the best… ?

Tally to Date —> 1 No!
                         3 Out in the Universe

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 Day 1 of Querying…

07.06.2010

So I wrote the book. I’m happy with it and completely okay with the fact that it has a specific audience in mind. I’m not looking for everyone to love me or my book (although that might be interesting for a day or two). I am however looking for an agent to represent this book and bring it to a publisher that is willing to put it in people’s hands.

I’m gonna blog about it as I go, cause blogging is the thing to do these days. And we’ll see sooner or later what has becomes of this tale I wrote.

This picture has nothing to do with my querying process. I just like wonder woman.

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