Queries!

Aug. 13th, 2010 09:59 am
lathriel: (Default)
Gah! This is the worst time to be at this stage in a book's life because all I want to do is get revisions and query letters done but I have my wedding to think about first! XD

I found the agency that represented Peter S. Beagle, the author of The Last Unicorn which is the only book I can think of that is at all similar in style to The Poppet and the Lune. They seem to be a pretty respectable group, not just promoting commercial BS. I have really high hopes for TPaL, and I think it will be considered a respectable work of fiction some day. So, I shall query them. I've been working on the letter, and if I have it finished before the end of next week I will mail out the query before I am a Mrs. :D

I also want to write up a synopsis, cause a lot of agencies ask for those, too. My other agency in mind is BGLit, which represents Libba Bray (among others who I'm not as enthusiastic about). They seem to have a lot of success with their authors, and I like the vibe of their website. Feels like a family.

Heeee so excited! Marriage and query letters, what could be better?! XD

Also: A week from tomorrow you guys!!!!!!! :D
lathriel: (eek)
One of the agents I queried on Monday has requested the first 50 pages of The Hierophant!

My query isn't even that good!

But my doctor says I need to get an ultrasound of my thyroid!

I don't care, I is happeh! I've got medical insurance, and miracles of modern and ancient medicine, and I've got the knowledge that I'm living my dreams, and anything is possible!

Anything.

:O

Edited to add: Um, also, I just got my ticket in the mail for my flight from JFK to Heathrow (London).

Can my brain explode now with how awesome life is??? Wait, no. Cause this is what life is supposed to be- endless blissful opportunities and gifts from the Universe...

Still, I think I'll do a little happy dance. ;D
lathriel: (globe)
So, as some of you might know/remember, my friend Laura is moving into my apartment soon, and will be subletting it from me at a $100 discount (for watching my cats and doing me a hella favor by subletting to begin with!) while I'm in Oxford. Now, I don't live like a complete pig, but I have a tendency to operate within a piling system, as opposed to a filing system- my filing cabinet, actually, has most of its files piled on top of it instead of hanging inside of it.

Needless to say, that won't work with a roomy, so I spent most of today cleaning my apartment. I feel like I hardly got anything done, though- sure, you can see the kitchen counter now, and the linen closet in the bathroom is organized (kind of) for the first time ever, and my dresser is cleared of all the clothes that I'd strewn atop it. But I still feel like the place is a mess. I think it has a lot to do with the cords all around me, and stacks of books, and half-arranged nick-knacks. Plus the pile of recyclables waiting to be taken downstairs (it's such a schlep from the 3rd floor that I think I've only bothered maybe 4 times since I moved in here).

But it's all coming together. I'm really excited about it, actually. I'm getting rid of a lot of things (like clothes that I haven't worn in ages, or things I've held onto because they have some funny memory attached to them, but really they only get in the way of having a clean apartment because I never actually DO anything with them, just move them around to different piles of crap), packing up other things for storage, and hopefully making this place a bit more "zen," or at least more accessible to Laura when she comes.

What else? Oh, yes, I submitted email query letters for The Hierophant to seven agents last night! I got two rejections already, but that's okay! They obviously weren't the right agents for me :) I feel a little sneaky about it because I'm not entirely done with my revisions, but they're going so smoothly, and to be honest there wasn't much that needed to be done! This novel was me channeling Divine Inspiration- it's not flawless, but it's pretty damn amazing for a first draft.

I feel very grateful today :)

Boooo

Oct. 22nd, 2008 10:56 am
lathriel: (lotus children)
I heard back from the agent who requested more. Rejected again- but she actually gave feedback! Apparently, she doesn't like the way I jump in time- the prologue is "present" and the first two chapters are "past." I can dig that- I was always unsettled on the prologue, but I think it's a good way to start the book. But she did like the prologue because it has more action (that's because it's from the middle of the book...). So... it's good.

I've got mixed feelings on this- on the one hand I want to be objective, but on the other she says "there's more telling than showing (in the chapters)" when I think there's too much telling in the prologue. Hmm. Conflict.

Is she suggesting the first two chapters shouldn't be there? I don't think that'd work. That's where I feel I do the best showing- and there's a lot that needs to be shown. If the prologue draws you in, wouldn't you be willing to deal with a jump in time?

< grumble > Stephenie Meyer starts all her books with a scene from the middle that's pretty much exactly the same as when you come to it in the book. < /grumble > At least mine is from the M.C.'s perspective, which you don't get to read from again until the very last scene. When you come across the same scene later in the book there's a much different perspective on what happens.

I'm willing to edit my work. Perhaps another read is necessary? Not this month, but some time in the near future. Of course, as she even points out in her reply, publishing tastes vary widely so I shouldn't be discouraged. I'm not :)
lathriel: (masquerade)
Yeah. Damn straight I'm not. Eat it Bright Eyes, cause those lyrics are supposed to be sad, but I am rocking them out right now.

The Lotus Children News: I've decided to start pitching Renaissance as a young adult novel, since the two main characters are 14 going on 15. I guess, because I never directly intended to write YA (until this recent series) that it made it hard for me to see my work as YA, but the more I think about it, the more I can accept it as such. I used to think YA was less worthwhile than adult lit, but then I realize that adolescents are people too. I should know, I was one. ;p Plus, I think adults can still relate to a lot of YA stuff out there. It's quality that counts, not target audience.

Teasing news: I have a secret that only one person knows about for now, and then the rest of you will know after Halloween ;p It involves... relative spontaneity. I'm sure you can guess what it is, anyway. I am a woman of flexible convictions ;D

Health news: Seeing as how the sleepiness is kicking in early this season, I'm test-driving a cleanse tomorrow through Thursday to see if I can boost my energy. If all goes well and I don't get all feebed-out on it, I'm gonna try to hang in for the first two weeks of November on this cleanse, and hopefully get rid of some toxic build-up from my predominantly Western lifestyle and reinforce my endocrine system so that my adrenal glands don't poop out in March again and leave me in a sad heap of Chronic Fatigue/potential mono relapse. "Cleanse during NaNo?" you might ask... well, if anything, having strict dietary restrictions will save me money, cause every time I'm out at a write-in I won't be able to buy a cookie to "make me feel better" if I'm stuck in my novel.

Writing news: Speaking of "stuck in my novel," I'm stuck. In my novel. Not really stuck," just... for some reason my brain doesn't want to confront the thing right now. It's a pain in the ass, cause it's all just a "mood" thing, but I'm usually so excited when I get to write... I don't get it. I fought through the "this novel is crap" stage using logic. I got through the "I write like crap" stage by going back and reading some of my formerly favorite parts (before I decided the whole thing sucked) and realizing I wrote it pretty well for a first draft actually. Now I'm at the "I am currently writing like crap" stage, and it's a form of psychosis that can't really be fought, only endured while you continue to write. Potentially like crap. Just remember: who cares? It's only a rough draft, and get on with it.

Self-discipline and I have never shared even the tiniest sliver on a venn diagram.

So... I guess... time to write?

Nibble!

Oct. 15th, 2008 10:16 am
lathriel: (lotus children)
I sent out a query last for Renaissance night via email and got a request for 50 pages and a synopsis this morning! Score!

ps: I'm posting way too much lately ;p

FAIL

Oct. 14th, 2008 03:29 pm
lathriel: (lotus children)
So I got a rejection today from Marcia Amsterdam, and she sent back my original query which is not unusual. But, I noticed it was addressed to a different agent. (FAIL.) Which means that the other agent probably got her letter. (FAIL again.)

Sigh.

Oh well! There are still seven agents I haven't heard back from yet! And I have a membership to writersmarket.com! And, these are only agents for sci-fi; I will try young adult if these don't work, and there is still the option of going directly to publishers, too. Hmm. Maybe I'll just start doing a little of both?

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