#amBlogging

Things I had to share, to warm up for Wednesday night’s writing session (yes, this is posted the morning after):

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Okay…

So, this just happened:

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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”.

Book Update: Here Goes…

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.

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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.

Book Update: Query Letters A Go-Go

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:

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