I've added a link to a second blog (yes, I'm writing a second one, I've lost my mind) where I chronicle my efforts to get my new fiction manuscript published.
You see, November is National Novel Writing Month, and I managed to participate and finish (write a 55,000-word novel in 30 days) and was really pleased with the result. So, after editing on my own, and getting some friends to help me edit, I headed to a book festival to learn how to get the thing published. It's my dream, really, to be a published author. Well, more than that, to be a successful author so I can tell all the work morons to shove off.
So I started sending out what we in "the biz" call query letters - it's a one-page pitch letter to agents to get them to represent my book to publishers. Now, let me say that it's VERY hard to get an agent, and I know that rejection is part of the game. But I've got to tell you, it's eating at me. I'm starting to wonder if I should've even bothered.
And here's the kicker. I had one agent ask to see a synopsis and the first three chapters based on my query letter, and another agency ask to see the full manuscript. Which is good, RIGHT? So I should be HAPPY! EXCITED even! But remember that quote in Pretty Woman where Julia Roberts says "it's easier to believe the bad stuff" that people say about you? I'm a worrier by nature, so now I'm starting to think, "What if that agent doesn't like the three chapters?" "What if ALL the agents turn me down. What then? Rewrite the book and re-pitch. Try writing another and go through the whole thing again?" (I've got another book in my head already) But why am I worrying? I've not heard from all of the people that I sent emails to, and it takes weeks to hear back from the ones you send via snail mail. So I should stop worrying. AAACK.
Which is why I ask you, my kind readers, to leave some encouragement for me. Please. I need it. :) Really, it's not just a ploy for comments. If you REALLY want to make me feel better, sign my frappr map, or post a link to my site! (Ok, that was shameless, but still.)
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