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Jun. 10th, 2010 02:19 pm
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I am so very all over the place lately. The thing about worrying too much about getting everything done is that I often get less done than I would have otherwise!

I took a few steps towards being more efficient: I rearranged my bathroom sink and threw out old makeup and such to make room for the new, nice stuff. I also sent out a new round of queries for the first time in forever, because 1) the three agents who requested pages haven't gotten back to me yet, and 2) I got a rejection on a query+sample pages the other day that told me the book would be a "hard sell" and it depressed me a little, and 3) being proactive is better than going insane.

But for my own reference, here are the things that need to get done:

- Finish graduation thank you notes.
- Finish up cover letter and apply to embassy job.
- Work on Hungry Ground! At least 500-1000 words a day, preferably more.
- Start [livejournal.com profile] imaginarybeasts story.
- Set up cowriting posts.
- Catch up on reading and linkage for the Drabble-thon.
- Create Justified pimp post in honor of the fabuloustastic finale.
- Rearrange bookshelf to fit new books.
- PROFIT, etc

But first! Lunch! ♥
sarashina: (Default)
So if I ever snap one day and decide I want to ruin my future in publishing forever, I know just the query letter to send to one of my rejectors:

Dear [Agent],

You may remember me from my query letter regarding my 75,000-word YA urban fantasy novel Grandmaster Draw, to which you replied with a form rejection. Let it be known that I bear you no ill will for that. Actually, I'm grateful. Had you not shown me that pursuing the life of a YA fantasy writer was foolish, I might have never realized my true calling.

So let me ask you this, [Agent]. Have you ever fallen in love with your worst enemy?

Joanie Sunflower is a small town girl with big dreams. Ever since she was a young lass, she longed to run her fingers across the raised letters of her name on a hardcover book. She toiled on her debut manuscript for many years, and what's more, she even found the perfect literary agent to represent her! Could life have been more perfect?

When suddenly! The agent she so carefully selected sent her a form rejection. OMG. Joanie was a mild-mannered girl, but an unstoppable rage rose up within her. How dare he! He clearly didn't understand genius when he saw it! Joanie resolved to hate the agent forever and ever and ever.

Little did Joanie know that she would run into that same agent later that night at the grocery store! They lived in the same town and she didn't even know it! Joanie was furious at her bad luck, but at the same time, intrigued. She didn't know that her would-be agent was quite so... alluring.

Joanie finds herself caught between her resolve and her feelings. How can the agent who crushed her dreams be so kind, so gentle? How can she find the courage to tell him who she really is? COULD THIS BE RABU-RABU?!?!

He's Just Not That Into Your Query is a 250,000-word romance manuscript in the rich tradition of Danielle Steel, Stephenie Meyer, and random shoujo mangaka. Incidentally, my cell number is 904-534-4171 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              904-534-4171      end_of_the_skype_highlighting. Call me, lover.

Kisses,
Becky


... that was basically a bingo card of everything you shouldn't put in a query ever. (Though after revising my own query 10,000 times, it was sort of awesomely fun.)

Yoshhh. I'mma do some prompt-writing tonight.
sarashina: (Default)
Ouch! My first two rejections came in within five minutes of each other. Bam bam, just like that. One was from my first choice, and one was from someone I queried yesterday (who wasn't actually supposed to send rejections, but e-mailed me just to say that it wasn't a good fit. Double ouch.)

I am pleased to report that there were no tears involved. There's no crying in publishing.

As per Spring of Rejection and Heartbreak rules and regulations, I took two shots of vodka, one for each rejection. That sort of burns, by the way.

Oh well! Time to go back for more, for I am a masochist.

Idling

Feb. 20th, 2010 08:37 pm
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I haven't heard anything from the agent I queried yet, which is probably a good sign, actually. From what I've read on her blog, her assistant does an elimination round of sorts before passing the queries on. She posted some statistics to give poor saps like me an idea: three weeks' worth of queries was a little more than 2,600 e-mails. Of those, the assistant sent on 56, and the agent chose 15 of those to request sample pages from. And that's only sample pages, so she'll choose very few of those to request full manuscripts from, and may not even offer to represent any at all.

Gulp. So yeah, hopefully the fact that I haven't heard anything is because I've survived the whittling down thus far.

After a week of feeling like I might explode if I saw "No new messages" (or worse yet, got an e-mail that wasn't it) one more time, I finally wasn't glued to the Send/Receive button all day. It helped that it's the weekend, but still. In general it just turned out to be the worst time ever to send off the query, since I had a week off and completed the work I had to do pretty early into it. There was a lot of time in the apartment alone that I devoted to driving myself insane!

I imagine it'll be better once I get that response. It's just because it's the first time that it's so nervewracking. It'll still be nervewracking later on, but at least I'll get used to it!

I'm so unfocused lately, though. Blahhhh. I need to start writing something else - maybe I can still sneak in a short piece for [livejournal.com profile] imaginarybeasts!

By the way, I'll be taking Grandmaster Draw offline on March 1st, so if you still want to read the rough draft, you have a little time. ♥

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