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Third Death-agon has gone back into hibernation after the passing of Rue McClanahan. He'll come again when we have another set of celebrity deaths--hopefully from the '60's or '70's time period. These '80's icon deaths are making me misty-eyed. Guys, we're down to one Golden Girl. I don't want to live in a world where we have no Golden Girls.

There's no appropriate segue, so...

I need to get a website blocking program on this computer and block Amazon.com. Their 4-for-3 promotion got me again! ARRRGGG! I was just trying to start my Christmas Wish-list (hey! Christmas is going to be here before we know it!) and you had to flash your 4-for-3 promotion all over the books I was selecting. I also bought The Hunger Games--sadly not part of the promotion. ($9-and-some-change is really cheap for a hardcover.)

While also browsing the evil that is known as Amazon.com, I stumbled upon Alison Weir's page and got all lovey-dovey with her Tudor books. Maybe I'm getting sentimental because this is the last season of The Tudors, but lately I've had this desire to read a bunch of Tudor history books. I've always been drawn to that family since being introduced to King Henry VIII and his six wives--a man's got to have a hobby... I just never took the time to read a bunch of books on them, but now I kinda want to. Also, Mary, Queen of Scots is pulling on my heartstrings.

Of course, all this could be my mind's way of distracting me from writing a query letter and the synopsis for my finished manuscript.
xerinmichellex: (lillian gish2)
I finished the bulk of my manuscript edits yesterday (yay!) as well as put together my query letter (whew!); so I am left with one more read through to nab any grammar mistakes I might have missed (yuck!) and write the synopsis (double yuck!). Because writing conferences and book fairs are approaching, my hope is start querying in the next week or two (gulp!).

Whilst doing that, I've got my next project all ready. I mentioned it in this post. It is looking to be a contemporary novel, with some horror and suspense moments thrown in. I do have another Sci-Fi novel I'm plotting out, which is surprising considering I thought my current manuscript would be the only Sci-Fi novel I would right--never mind I never expected to write Sci-Fi in the first place.

I'm off to watch a few Doctor Who episodes...for research purposes. *does shifty eyes*
xerinmichellex: (Umbrella Academy)
Sad news: My status query was replied with an apology for the delay and an ultimate pass on the partial. As I predicted, the rejection from Agent Z hurt. Ouch. I know, I know, I should be glad and honored that someone as MAJOR! as Agent Z looked at my manuscript. I am--truly I am. It's just...come on, man! can't I catch a break?

Of course this rejection comes right after I made the realization that I don't care about the best seller's list, movie adaptations, millions upon millions of fans, etc. I just want my story out there. I want other people to read my stories--read what I have to say amongst the other authors out there. More than anything, I think I'm looking for validation. Also, I love to write. It's the only thing I really want to do with my life.

It is just frustrating and hard to put in the time and effort when it feels like it was all for naught.
xerinmichellex: (lillian gish2)
I've been mum about queries because...well...there's really nothing to say. I haven't sent anymore out since Agent Z's request, but there are about 10-12 still floating around. I received one rejection last month from a query I assumed got sucked into the internet black hole. Since then, nothing.

Because it has been two months since I sent in my partial, I sent a status query to Agent Z's assistant this morning. So...yeah... Status queries can either bite you or help you. Sometimes you find out Ms. Agent never received your emailed submission. Sometimes the email on their end got lost in the internet stratosphere. Sometimes you hear back from Mr. Agent, sometimes you don't.

It isn't fun to send a status query because you don't want to bug Mr. or Ms. Agent. (My fear.) I contemplated sending one, but didn't commit to it until I read this blog post by Jessica Sinsheimer of Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency. Her post calmed my nerves and helped me craft a non-bugging, polite, and concise status query.

That's done then. I will update when I hear back from Agent Z's assistant.
xerinmichellex: (titanic_pretends)
Yeah, I know, for those not in the know, it looks like I just slammed my fist on my keyboard. I didn't know for certain what NaNo was until 10 minutes ago. NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. Before that, I thought it was one of those write a novel in 24 hours deal. I read posts on those, and they've made my fingers cramp up.

It makes sense for the National Novel Writing Month to be in November. December is sort of a no-no when it comes to querying because of the holidays and that is when most people query. Your wait time for a response seems to double. It's a good idea, in my opinion, to have a new novel ready in the beginning of the year. I always start querying in the start of the year--usually around the third week of January.

I'm doing NaNo by default, since my current WIP has a deadline to be done by the end of November. I'll take December off--a month off is the longest I've ever taken off pre-editing. I'm one of those that has to edit right away; even though that isn't all that good when spotting out the errors. Thus far, only 8,000 words into my WIP, with the final goal being 50,000 approximately. I should probably start writing, me thinks.

Also, tomorrow is my 4 weeks mark for my partial with Agent Z. Eek!
xerinmichellex: (titanic_pretends)
I'm about to unleash an epic fail right now, so place your helmets on. Throwing back to this, I have another novel idea. *hangs head in shame* The good thing that comes out of it is it's a novel I could query should Current Querying Manuscript be shot down by the Agent Fighter Pilots, since my former WIP (the supernatural series) is not a possibility. Not because it's so OMG!Horrible, but there is a timing issue. I have to sync up the releases for a particular entry so it makes sense. (It concerns something happening a 100 years after another historic took place. Said event hasn't hit the 100 year mark, but in 9 years it will. I swear it will make sense *if* the series is ever released.)

So, new novel idea is in its infancy. The concept is take My Chemical Romance's "Teenagers", ramp up the violence, and have kick ass teenagers do horrible, horrible things to one another and the adults that get in their way. I do have the opening pages and following chapter in my head and I know how it all ends and some things in between. Therefore, I have to start it. Like I said, it is also a novel I could query when the current one flames out.

Before I begin, this is what happened on Friday when I finished The Vampire Diaries recap:

It's the crap of my childhood )
I'll make this entry worth something: Still nothing from Agent Z. I am feverishly checking my email. It might be time for me to tackle my other drawer. At least when I was cleaning, I didn't think about Agent Z. It was all, "WTF? Why did I keep this?" Le sigh. I need to get a life.
xerinmichellex: (lillian gish)
Quick update:

I received my R from Agent X today. It must be Send Out Query Rejections Week. Ah, well. I'm still riding the high from Agent Z's interest, so I'm not in a complete meltdown. Yes, the rejection of my full is upsetting. But, I cannot argue against someone who likes my concept, but doesn't feel like it is a good fit for their agency. (Those are Agent X's words in the rejection, not my assumptions, I swear.)

I'm also distracted by butchering up my querying manuscript. I did mention I wanted to really, really impress Agent Z. Doing so requires another look at my manuscript. So, what I am saying is the editing is helpful. Now, if Agent Z rejects the partial and I don't have any others out, I might have a problem. And yet, I'm too terrified to send out more queries, fearing that one of those would be a quick responder and I'll miss out on Agent Z. That is my conundrum. Did I mention querying is hell?
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I meant to take it easy today. I really did. I was planning to play on my Sims 2, relax and unwind. Most importantly, not write because I feel like I needed a break. First though, I had to check my email. Cause, you know, I'm psychotic. There were three from literary agencies--two declines and one from an agency that I sent via snail mail. I thought it was odd...but, could it be? Could it be a request to see more?

Long story short, it was, it was! Another partial request (brief synopsis and the first 50 pages) from Agent Z, who happens to be MAJOR! I mean, MAJOR! as in representing some MAJOR! clients and part of a MAJOR! literary agency. MAJOR! as in I thought I was pissing into wind by sending her a query. MAJOR! I tell you! Which sent me into a MAJOR! panic attack. I am still hyperventilating.

I soooo want to impress Agent Z (did I mention she's MAJOR!?) that I scrambled to check over my first 50 pages. Unsurprisingly, there were things to fix. There are always things I need to fix. I have a problem with leaving well enough alone.

So, that partial has been zipped into an email bag and sent. Oh, gosh! I don't know how I'm going to sleep. The rejection--if it comes--is going to be so painful, I can already tell. Oh, gosh, I think I need a drink. Or a dozen.
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And so, Agent Y rejected my partial yesterday. Truth is, I had a feeling it was a rejection when I received the SASE, that I avoided opening it until later in the evening. It was a blow, but not a catastrophic meltdown which led me to curl up into a ball and suck on my thumb in my room. I have accepted that, just because I garner partial/full requests, they will be rejected. It is the only thing keeping me sane at this point.

I still have my full out to Agent X and haven't heard anything else on the 7 (maybe 8?) queries that are floating out in cyberspace. Agent X's email stated to give her between 1 to 2 months before following up. I have yet to hit the one month mark, so there we go. I am adding to my list of a few more agents to query in the coming weeks. Also I am writing, writing, writing!

In conclusion, I am disappointed in the rejection, but not to the point of sending Agent Y an email chastising her for not understanding my vision. See, there is a bright side!
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Playing a quick game of catch-up because yesterday was busy. First, I received my cat's ashes. My mother felt the need to open the can once we got her home. There's not a whole lot of her in there (I'll spare a photograph). She was a tiny thing when she died--only four pounds--but I thought there would be more, considering the size container they gave us. The vets also did this paw print for us, with her name on it and everything.

Kitties! )

What else could possibly happen yesterday? Well, I received another request for my querying manuscript. Yes, it seems Agent Y wants to play in Submission Apocalypse! Given it's taking me a couple years to get any positive responses, I am not complaining. Agent Y wanted a brief synopsis, first 50 pages, and...an author bio. I bit my nails at seeing that in her email. I'm the first to admit I do not live an exciting life. Nothing I've done has any baring on my writing. And agents don't care if your junior year English teacher said he liked a certain line in one of your papers and that has been your best compliment you've ever received and that's what keeps you going.

I ended up hobbling something together that looks like this: Erin _____ grew up under a steady diet of stories about supernatural creatures and superhuman heroes. She found she had more freedom in telling her own stories about extraordinary people, once she ditched her plastic dolls for a computer. THE WATCHER is her first novel.

Yeah, me? Not so interesting. Also note, agents want the bio in third person...which opens up all sorts of awkwardness while you write it...

Now that package has been sent out. I am still waiting on 7 more queries, so I'll keep you, my two little friends, updated.

Oh, I also broke our coffee pot last night. Though, it was my father who set it in the dishwasher so precariously that it wasn't my fault it fell out when I slide the top shelf out. I'm just sayin'. So, my parents broke out this coffee maker they bought when they got married.


Say hello to this sexy beast circa 1984.
xerinmichellex: (v for vendetta)
I've had an interesting morning. I fired off about six more query letters around 10 o'clock in the morning. Within two hours, I got two rejections and...wait for it...A FULL REQUEST! I finally got a request for my manuscript! Ahhh! After two years, I don't feel like such a moron for sending out query after query. And, it's not a partial. IT IS A FULL! Meaning the whole, entire thing!

Oh my gosh. I could paint the whole picture of me checking my email on my phone, sipping my Starbucks, after I returned home from picking my brother up at school, being disappointed--but numbed--to my two rejections, and nearly falling out of my chair from reading the nice request from Agent X. Instead, I'll just say my heart has never beat so quickly. Well, okay, it was about as fast as when I'm careening to the end of finishing my manuscript. But it was still thrilling and means so much more than typing that final sentence.

I just...wow! The most I had to look forward to was The Vampire Diaries premiering tonight and then Supernatural. So, I'm going to make sure my manuscript is tightened up and then I'm sending it off to Agent X. (I'm being superstitious about naming the agent just because...I am. Of course, writing this may just curse me. Great, now that's in my head.)

I still cannot believe it...I may need to lie down...

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