Sunday, August 30, 2009

Feeling Active

I received one more rejection, but it was not a standard rejection, they actually used my name. This leads me to believe that the agent actually did read, review and ponder my novel. I'm going to take this as a positive sign.

My husband and I printed a copy of the book, which he is currently reading. We had to load the printer with paper twice and I think I killed the black ink cartridge. Although he is not my intended audience, he says he likes it, and is getting involved in the story. He may be a bit biased though. After he's done, I plan to pass it around to a few of my girlfriends.

I picked up the printed copy myself the other day and read through a few pages and noticed several changes I need to make. At this point, I only have two more agents to hear from and they've received the first 40 pages. What they have definitely needs some work...is that going to ruin me? Perhaps I should have waited a bit longer before I started sending out queries. I'm just impatient.

Today's task - going through the book once again to turn as many passive verbs into active ones.

I'm torn between wanting the sun to come out and wanting the clouds to stay. If the clouds stay, I can stay inside all day and work, but if the sun comes out, Lucy and I have to go out and train for our charity walk. I'll leave today's fate in the hands of the weather.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Hope is Still Alive

I'm on stay-cation this week which is a dangerous thing. I created a list of all the things I wanted to get done and I've only crossed about two off the list. I tend to actually do less, when I have less to do. I always say "You can take care of it tomorrow." and then I end up spending an entire day watching CSI. Not that it is a bad thing, until I go to sleep that night and dream about the many possible ways there are to die.

Anyways, today, I actually had a productive day. I sent out 5 queries, 3 by email and 2 by snail post. By the end of the day, I received 1 rejection and 1 who wants to read more! I'm pretty psyched. Although my success rate is low at this point, I'm well aware that many great authors have sent out hundreds of query letters before they received a response. 1 for 6 is not too shabby.

Little tip: I sent each agency a different query and stored what I sent them in separate folders so I can review what received a positive response and what doesn't. However, this cannot be considered a truly accurate scientific experiment because as I have been told in my rejection letters, the business is quite subjective.

Now I am debating if I should curl up with my sea dog blueberry ale and watch the rest of the CSI season 7 or start gathering the materials that I need to send out to the request. There is always tomorrow right?