Monday, January 28, 2008

Three for Three!

Update on my query status:

Friday afternoon I sent out three queries. By Friday night I had two requests for partials. Today I received a request from the third agent. Three for three!

I am beyond thrilled. Still very nervous. I suppose that doesn't get any better until you see the book on the bookshelf. When I set out to write, it was just to write. Then it seemed like such a waste of time to do all that work and let it sit around in a drawer (my husband says I am leaving a legacy for our kids, whether or not it is published), so I started looking into publishing. Who would have thought it was such a long road??? Still, after months of researching the process, I am floored by all the obstacles. Friends keep asking, "So when is it going to be published?" As if just finishing the book makes the rest follow by default.

I always thought of myself as an optimist, but I keep waiting for the other shoe to fall. I am waiting for the inevitable rejections, and having some interest almost makes that harder. How twisted is that?

I sent a few more queries off today, but I think I'll wait a while to do anymore, and see what the agents that have the partials think of my writing.

I am taking a break for a few days to get my house in order (I have been extremely neglectful as the end of the writing drew closer). Then I am starting a new book. This one will be very different, hopefully very fun. A new journey.

5 comments:

  1. WHOOOOO!

    "As if just finishing the book makes the rest follow by default. "

    Ha, I get that all the time!!!

    "I am waiting for the inevitable rejections, and having some interest almost makes that harder. How twisted is that?"

    That is not twisted at all.

    You know where I'm at- suck up your fear and go for it. This is very very good progress and you should feel good about it!

    Just dropped in to see if you had any developments and I've been richly rewarded by the news!

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  2. Thanks for the cheers... and not thinking I've cracked up!

    I saw your first page on Nathan's contest... very well written! I am impressed.

    I read yesterday that John Grisham, when he finished his first book, made up a packet with his query, synopsis and first chapters and sent out ten. Then as the rejections came back, he sent out another, so he always had ten out at a time. It took a while for anyone to bite. That makes me feel like we are in good company!

    My husband says, "Every other writer has gone through this. It's not like you're alone." Isn't that great to remember?

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  3. He's right- we are not alone. I'm so glad I joined blogworld even if it is a time suck.

    Thanks for the encouragement on my first page. I am currently thinking that it's crap... I go hot and cold on it!

    Must start editing again today... ten out at a time? Hmm. Good idea.

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  4. I've got my fingers crossed for you! YAY!

    Do you mind if I link to your blog? Comrades in arms, and all that. ;)

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  5. JKB- not at all. I'd be honored!

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