Things I had to share, to warm up for Wednesday night’s writing session (yes, this is posted the morning after):
Another week in the life of a fledgling author, trying to make it in this crazy world:
Here’s the latest latest, about the latest:
So, this just happened:
As if I don’t have enough going on, I just started writing Yet Another Book. This came out of left field today as I free-associated on some random memories, and BOOM, I had a title and even a rough plot summary by way of my trusty Pixar Plot Summary Template. On my drive home I had a few character names, and a genre (Thriller).
So look upon my WIP, ye mighty, and despair:
- I am querying Book One of a planned trilogy.
- I am about 25% done with the first draft of Book Two (as yet untitled) of the planned trilogy.
- I am ~1500 words into the first draft of the new thriller. (It is intended to be a stand-alone story, with no immediate plans to make a series out of it. Stand-alone books are still a thing, I think?)
Not to jinx it and stuff, but… I might be a writer, you guys.
What sort of adjective precedes the word “writer” is TBD. Right now I am going to settle for “productive” and/or “busy”.
Last week, I sent out 9 query letters to literary agents. How’s that going?
I signed up for a service called QueryTracker on Thursday, and sprung for the Premium level because it allows me to see where my queries are sitting in the queue, exactly and approximately. From what I gather, it’s the queue as filled by other QT users. Which means, I might be getting an email soon:
The hurrying up and waiting can officially begin in earnest. I queried 7 literary agents in 2 days, and now wait to hear something promising back. (The magic words are “send pages.”)
Well! Just like that, the following events have occurred since Friday:
- I wrote out a damn good query letter
- I edited the fifth draft of Book One within an inch of its life (truly, I think it’s down to niggling over commas and “this word and not that”, but that’s just me)
- I queried a literary agent
- /breathes into paper bag
The plan was to wait until September, but considering the guiding philosophy that led to the writing of this 420-page manuscript — “I’m just going to do it” — I couldn’t push it off any longer. If this is a mistake, it’s a mistake I must make.
Hooooo boy. This is huge.
Fine, here’s the first ten pages of the manuscript, literary agent! Gaaaah! (Note: Not actual photo of agent.)
Oh, and I said I was considering posting my query letter here for posterity. Not yet. I want to send it out a few more times and then I’ll relent. I don’t want to muddy the waters just yet.
As told in my last update, work has begun on my literary agent query letter. To that end, I am poring over the vast archives at the Query Shark blog, which has helped immensely. I found out quickly that my first stab at writing a query letter was piss poor. Actually, I think it aspired to be piss poor.
Thus: I have a few pieces of homework this month:
It’s getting real in the rough-and-tumble world of aspiring authorship: