Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Editing done and research begun

I had just spent that last week in my room editing the crap out of my novel the Amaranthine. There was not as much to fix as I had initially thought, but it was pretty bad. I am at the 'I hate you stage' of my editing now. I had to really push myself to get the editing done, as I am currently unemployed, which mean lots of time for editing and when I do get a job soon, my writing may suffer again.

I was curious and started looking at a few literary agent's websites, just for curiosity and man have things changed. These days there are online submission forms and most agents ask for electronic submissions only, which I like by the way. I noticed that the agents I looked at only asked for query letters. They didn't want to see a synopsis or sample pages, which means more pressure in getting my query letter just right.

Though, I have a strategy this time. I am only querying agents that are on the Preditors and Editors website and a member of the AAR (The Association of Author's Representatives). If an agent does not have a website with information, such as clients and book sales, I am passing. This time I am only querying the best of the best, which could mean that I might not get representation at all, as your writing has to be pretty ground shaking to secure representation, but better safe than sorry.

I have this fear this time around that I didn't have before. This time I am so afraid of the whole process. Of the rejections. The fact that nobody might like my book but me. The fact that I might have spent 5 years on a project that is never going to happen. I looked back at my old rejection letters and 99% of the letters said, "I am not the right agent for this project, but I encourage you to keep querying, as the the publishing business is subjective." This means that there is still hope for my book, right?

I am going to take a break from editing and go back with a fresh pair of eyes at a later stage. For now, I guess I will do my research about which agents to query in the future.

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  1. Nothing about this business is easy is it? I could relate to so much you said at one time or another. Good luck on the agent search.

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  2. Good luck in the query trenches. It is scary for sure.

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  3. You will find exactly the right person to represent your book this time, Murees. Remember when someone rejects your work, it's only one person's opinion so don't let that carry a lot of weight. Focus on the positive and things will be easier for you.

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  4. Ryshia - Thank you so much.

    Ilima - Thank you, I will need all the luck I can get.

    Deanie - Thank you. Staying positive is exactly what I have to do. Sometimes it can be hard, but I will try.

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  5. I am at the "This isht is boring" stage in my own writing. But we have to work through those stages. Maybe give it to another person for a fresh perspective. Since being on google+ and getting to know so many self published authors, I'm thinking that self publishing may be a viable option.

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  6. I think your plan sounds like a good one. And this is a very scary process, isn't it? I think we all have to give ourselves a pat on the back for even attempting it!

    I tagged you for a writer's meme on my blog today is you are interested!

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  7. Amazing plan. Amazing, amazing plan. You go girl. You. Go.

    I'm so proud of you. I love it when people pick themselves back up after getting thrown down!

    Query your heart out!

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  8. Constance - Thank you for your encouraging words. I really want to exhaust all options in traditional publishing before going the self-publishing route.

    Julie - Thank you! I am glad that you agree about publishing being scary. Other writers never sound scared. Thank you for tagging me, I will be over shortly.

    Katie - Thank you, sweetie! You are always so kind and supportive.

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  9. Hi Murees - good luck, it's always wise to take some time to 'cogitate' and think about things ..

    Also the agent search .. you'll learn lots ..

    Cheers Hilary

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  10. Hilary - Thank you Hilary. I know I need to think things through. I can't believe how much I am learning, but I am not complaining about it.

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  11. I've queried so many of my MS, my shell is as hard as a turtle now. :)

    It's hard, but you never know who will be the right one. So keep trying! :)

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  12. Be prepared for a lot of rejections, but don't quit. I sent out 93 queries until I finally got accepted!

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  13. Kimberly - Thank you. I hope to get a hard shell. I think you are right. It is time for me to find out what the publishers and agents think of my work. Thanks for the encouragement. It means a lot.

    Shery - Wow, that truly is encouraging. Thank you.

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  14. The whole thing sounds so scary! I haven't got to that stage yet, but I'm always fascinated to hear about others' experiences. Best of luck! Hope you have some good news for us sometime soon :-)

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  15. Linda - Thank you! I think I will need all the luck I can get. I hope that one of these days I will have some good news for you guys too.

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