I’ve been under the radar recently… not doing much writing (unless you count working on character family trees?). Since Hitchhikers didn’t make it through to the next round, I sent it out to several agents and a) got 2 rejections ON MY BIRTHDAY and b) had 2 agents request the manuscript on the day after my birthday! This was over a month ago, and I haven’t heard from the first agent, now I’m waiting on the second. Overall my review from Publisher’s Weekly was positive so fingers crossed that good things will come!
As for getting more writing done… it’s summer and it’s busy and hopefully come September (or at least November!) I will find more time for writing again.
It must be the weather. Either that, or I’m so close to finishing Hitchhikers that I’m delaying it. It’s hard to end something I’ve worked on for so long… unlike during Nanowrimo, when I am usually so ready to finish it and put it away and not look at it for a few months. I like Daniel, the main character and I ended up with a new character now towards the end. I’m up over 50,000 words and I feel like it will be at least another 10,000 to finish off the story. In my head I’m already dreaming up a sequel from Kayla’s point of view, called Dreamwalkers. But I will not allow myself to write a single word of it until Hitchhikers is finished! (I might allow myself to work on a short story. BUT THAT IS IT).
In other news, I finally finished a short story, “Seventh Son,” and submitted it to one of the anthologies over at Pill Hill Press. They have a lot of interesting anthologies over there, so if you are a writer of horror, fantasy, or sci-fi it might be a good market for you. I also got a request from an agent to see more of the manuscript for Seven Minutes to Midnight, so I’ve been hoping and waiting to hear back… I’d just like to hear SOMETHING back, because the number of rejections on my wall is far less than the number of queries I’ve sent out, because so many agents only respond if they’re interested. How am I supposed to get to 100 rejections that way? I should probably focus on the snail mail only agents, as they seem more likely to respond.
Ten rejections into my New Year’s Resolution and an agent asked to see the full manuscript! I had only just started wallpapering with my rejections. I am not deluded; I know that I may yet be rejected again, and this one might hurt more. But at least I know my query letter isn’t a total failure. All week I’ve been scrambling around getting my manuscript submission together so I can send it out before I head off to Jamaica for a week!
Most of my queries thus far have been for The Abandoned, but I did enter Seven Minutes to Midnight in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest again. I’m hoping that this year it will have a better chance since there is now a young adult novel category, but I must confess that the major reason I submitted to the contest again was for the (slight) chance that the freaking awesome Sarah Dessen will read it. Yes, she’s one of the judges. Of course, it will have to make it through the first round, which will cut about 80% of entries. Then the next round, which will cut 75% of those entries. Then hope that my novel will be of the top 20% of THOSE entries. And then hope I’m one of the top 6. Those percentages aren’t exactly in my favor, but a girl can dream…