My bill paying job has been pretty busy this week so I haven’t had a lot of energy to blog in addition to my other writing adventures. I’ve had one partial requested and then rejected, but I press forward, spirits brightened by the fact that I came home to a dish-free sink and a happy boyfriend with a clean-shaven head. He looks super bald.
Here are some things I’ve learned/thought of since my last post in no particular order. And a picture I like. The artist is Ben Newman.
– I’m confused by writers who become enraged with agents who reject them. They said no to your query. They didn’t call you ugly to your face, which hurts, trust me. I’ve learned A LOT from a couple agents who have rejected my query and they are actually pretty nice people. I hope to actually meet them some day.
– If you email people, more often than not, they email you back.
– Not everyone should give advice (I knew this before, but it’s come up a lot this week)
– Playing with my characters in my head is a fantastic way to pass the time while sitting in traffic in Beverly Hills. Lil’ Wayne, Does It Offend You, Yeah?, and Chromeo only add to the pleasure of it all.
– Patience does pay off.
– Even when you walk into a really awkward situation you will be able to pull something from it that you can use in your writing. An old man named Stewart weirded the hell out of me this week and he will show up somewhere in my work. I can guarantee it.
– You will get fired if you sit across from your boss and don’t do any work for two weeks. This has nothing to do with queries
-There are some really nice people out there internet land and I enjoy finding them. Some times they point you toward helpful things like agents to query, good books, home remedies and recipes. And some times they just offer a virtual hand to hold.
-Current TV has hilarious programming that makes me laugh, smile and think a little harder.
Hi new followers. ?
Here’s the thing I love about rejections, they give you a chance to step back and make improvements on your work. I’ve had some great beta readers, but I passed my book on to one more person who caught something that NONE of my pre-readers had seen. AND he caught it right before I submitted my manuscript to an agency who requests a full up front (which i think is just super, by the way. i hate query letters. period).
It wasn’t something that would make or break my book, but it was something that I think this particular agent would have noticed, which I suppose could make or break my book. His super catch gave me a chance to look a little closer at two more things that were bugging me a bit. Now I feel much better about submitting my manuscript and I’m patting myself on the back a little bit for being so patient.
In the meantime, I’ve been getting more great tips through blogs and chatting with agents and other writers on twitter. I’ve added agent Jennifer Laughran’s blog to the sidebar because she’s got some great pointers and a hilarious review of book that remains me of this –>
which I couldn’t quite finish.
I received another rejection this week and it didn’t even bother me because its all part of the process. I know I will find someone who is totally into my concept and loves the way I write and is tickled by the ideas I’ve put down.
The waiting sucks, but its helping in more ways than one.
Also Katy Perry is haunting my days and nights. I’m pretty much in love with this song right now.
Still waiting. Daydreaming about cover art. Praying the JETS have a good season for my father’s sake. Reading, a lot. Writing some. Waiting some more…
It’s not for a book obviously, but this cover art has stuck in my head since I was a little kid.
I know I’ve promised to be positive and I know that keeping your mouth shut is the very best thing to do in certain situations, but if I don’t put this out there it will eat at me all weekend. And maybe next week.
I have few synopses to write for different agencies I would like to submit to, but it’s taking forever to get them done. At first I was lying to myself, blaming my ADHD, weddings, my boyfriend’s rugged good looks, my recent discovery of black diamond on my procrastination, but last night I realized the real issue. I’m holding out for a particular agent’s reply. I may be shooting myself in the foot for saying this, but its the truth. I found them and got the warm-fuzzies from their website, their blog, their agents tweets, even the nice way they explain their review process.
In general, I suck at cover letters. Applying for colleges was one of the most miserable experiences of my entire life, but I did it. I’m pretty sure I’ve lost plenty of jobs to my cover letters, but I always kill in the interview. Not to say that my query letters are terrible, but I just hate writing them.
I don’t have too long to wait to hear back from this particular agency, so I’ve decided to just wait on writing those synopses. I know myself and anything I force ends up sucking, hard. So I’ll wait and if I get a rejection from that agency I’ll be able to mourn properly and move on. If they request a partial…
I feel a lot better sharing this information with you and just like that the positivity has returned.
Also, I’ll confess that I wish my boyfriend still played football. His knees and back are glad that part of his life is over, but he looked really good in his jersey. Something like this –>
A particular agency states on their website that email queries are, from time to time, lost/bounced back if they are sent from a – we’ll call it a “sketchy”- email address. They recommend that you resend your query if you haven’t heard back from them in a certain amount of time, as it may have been lost/kicked back by their spam blocking system.
My fear on this Monday morning: I build up the proper level of anxiety waiting for this period of time to run out (exactly 3 weeks from today), resend and the very same day I receive a rejection for the initial query. Additional horror would come if they rejected the resend as I suspect they would.
In other news, wedding #2 was amazing even though Bridesmaid #4 fainted in the third quarter of the ceremony. She was quickly whisked to safety and the vows were completed. We all made it to the reception and the THREE after parties in one piece. My toast was well received even though my voice carries the silken tones of a very seductive man and then I was actually handed the bouquet by the bride in front of all the guests to eliminate any possible dance floor injuries (I didn’t want the bouquet, but a disabled woman was taken out last year during the bouquet toss at another friends wedding).
No one laughed in my face, I repeat, IN MY FACE, when I told them I was writing romance novels for the foreseeable future. The bride and Bridesmaid #2 actually gave me all sorts of fun bits on being in Alpha Delta Pi and offered to help me with my research for Book #2. Sleeping in SPANX isn’t as bad as it sounds and I will never fly United Airlines again. If you haven’t discovered the joys of SPANX, please visit their website.
The bride and groom danced their first dance to…
Bits 1: I received another form rejection this morning. This one was extremely polite and a little bit inspirational, reminding me, the writer, that the literary world is very subjective and even though my work may not have been for them, there are still other agents out there who may be very excited to represent my work. And I believe it.
Bit 2: Some good news… M and I have officially decided to work on a screenplay together. She’s a pretty awesome person to be around in general and she’s an amazing writer. The idea of jumping into this project with her is keeping my spirits extra high as I pack for wedding #2. Overnight flight with a layover. YAY!
Bit 3: Here are a few pieces by the artist El Mac. His murals are all over the world, several spread around Southern California and a couple of which I pass daily in LA. He’s inspired a scene in my book (elmac.net). I would also give a solid lock of good hair to get cover art from this man.
Tally to Date — >4 Out in the Universe
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
I would like a Sam Summer before bed.
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.