Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Query Roller Coaster

Happy Sunday! And welcome to new followers and fellow crusaders! I'm looking forward to getting to know all of you better over these next few months. Currently, there's a crusader challenge happening, but unfortunately I haven't had a chance to participate. It kinda snuck up on me. But pop over to Rach Writes for all the deets and check out those who are participating.

I did a little blog redecorating... getting ready for Spring. I am so ready. The weather here in FLA has been outstanding and I can hardly wait for the first beach trip of the year. In the spirit of Spring and some much needed beach time, I thought some bright colors were in order.

So, right now I'm riding the query roller coaster. You know, ups and downs, twists and turns. It's such a strange place to be. I'm getting requests and rejections almost simultaneously. If you write YA, check out the Agent Mailbox forum on YALitChat. I've had some requests through there, and the personalized attention you get toward your query is fantastic. It's a great place to meet other YA writers, and the peeps there are so genuinely nice and helpful.

One thing I've learned for sure about the query process: it's good to keep a momentum and stay on course. I try to get out one or more queries each day through Query Tracker, and I've already started my "story bible" for my next project. I think it's important to start work on your next story asap, instead of putting all your eggs in one basket. I tend to transport my heart and soul into my new projects, which helps when I receive rejections on the older ones.

So that's where I'm at. Anyone else riding the query roller coaster right now? If not, where are you on your journey? 

BTW one thing that always cheers me up from rejection doldrums, is watching Napoleon Dynamite. Don't believe me? Try it some time when you're down in the dumps. The effects are surprising. ;) Happy Sunday!

31 comments:

Jennifer Hoffine said...

Query Tracker is awesome. Wish I'd had YALitChat around when I was querying...it sounds great.

Carol Riggs said...

Welcome to the query rollercoaster! Yup, that's where I am too, and you are SO right to start working on another project. It keeps you from chewing your fingernails while the first one is out, at the very least. ;)

Rogue Mutt said...

I'll be on that roller coaster soon. I'm sure it'll be a pain in the ass.

Gina Blechman said...

I'm at the very beginning of the query process. Right now, I'm just trying to look up as many agents as I can. Make an ordered, organized list of who wants what and who I'd like most to represent me. Once that's done, query madness will begin. Good luck!

<3 Gina Blechman (fellow crusader)

gideon 86 said...

Hi, PK,

Thanks for the link. I' ll definitely will head over there. I just started to query my first novel again after a year and a major reconstruction, taking it from Y/A to M/G.

So at this point I'm on the climb up...


Michael

Erin said...

Good luck on the query roller coaster and have fun! I just jumped off that coaster and jumped on the being on submission roller coaster. So many rides in the land of publishing!

(and I also love napoleon dynamite! Makes me laugh!)

Tracy said...

I love your new blog look; it speaks of srping! I want to put on a Hawaiian shirt and boogey on down to the beach :)
Thank you for your thoughtful comments on my blog this morning...I try hard to dispel myths as well and try to be careful when my thinking goes in the direction of assumptions.I appreciate your input!

and right now, I have no queries because my book is in the process of being published but I liked the thought of continuing to write...I've just been focusing on my blog but I should keep going. Thanks for the nudge...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Good luck and stay the course!
I'm in the middle of revisions, but when finished, I'll start with the easy query and that's to my current publisher. If not, then I start looking for a new publisher. Won't even bother with agents though. I'm not established enough.

Nas Dean said...

Good luck on the query roller coaster.I love your new blog look!

Kathryn said...

Love the new look! Good luck with the queries - you got some requests?? Awesome!!!!

Currently ignoring my most recently-finished WIP, and have some fantastic betas (ahem!) going through it right now. Staying sane by first drafting my next one. I agree with you - gotta keep on working; we can't just put all our eggs in one basket! Anyway, latest WIP is a lot of fun, and a great escape!

Keep me posted! :)

DEZMOND said...

ah, the new background is really psychedelic :) it's seems that NAPOLEON DYNAMITE really put you high, high, high :)))

JEFritz said...

You're right about keeping up the momentum! But it will be a while before I'm quite ready to jump in the query pool myself. I keep getting wrapped up in editing.

Glad to see you on the Crusader's list! Have fun in Florida--I'm so jealous that you can go to the beach. The water around here won't be warm enough until June.

Tracy said...

I like spring colors!!

I'm on the query roller coaster too. I can deal with the requests and rejections fairly well in stride. It's all the waiting in between that can be tough. Time dimensions seem to shift when you have queries and requests out. Somehow one week feels like 3 or 4. That's the only part of the query head trip I wish I could fix.

Good luck to you on your requests!!

The Golden Eagle said...

Good luck on the query rollercoaster!

I love the new look of your blog!

Mary said...

Glad to hear about your getting requests. Hope the planning for the new WIP goes well. Hope there aren't too many dips on your query coaster, and lost of highs!

The Happy Whisk said...

Wishing you much success in your query process.

Julie Musil said...

Love the new blog look! Querying is a roller coaster, for sure. I set my last project aside, but I'm about to start querying another one. I'm excited and nervous at the same time. I wish you all kinds of luck with both the finished project and the new one.

LTM said...

ahh... Napoleon Dynamite is a great cure for ANYTHING. :D And we've already made our first beach trip. Oh, yes we did!!! Thursday.

As for the query coaster, you're right. Starting a new project is the BEST way to deal, although at the moment, I'm in revision-request land, and it was hard putting my new baby down to go back and tend to my old one... :D N-E-way, BEST OF LUCK to you! Love your new look~ <3

Angela Scott said...

"Napolean give me some of your tots."

Oh, how I love that show. Never gets old.

I agree with starting a new project. I actually even like the new project better, so if my agent has no luck with the editors, (it will suck and I will cry a little) I'll be okay.

If you don't query, you'll never know :)

Jennifer Jackson said...

Good luck!

I don't query for novels but I submit poetry like mad. It is a similar experience because acceptances and rejections can come right on top of each other.

Alison Miller said...

Good luck with the querying! I know all about the rollercoaster experience - the lows suck your gut out, but the highs are so exhilarating. Best wishes!

New follower and fellow crusader! Nice to meet you.

Florence said...

Love the new look. I agree, querying can be a major pain. Good luck and try to enjoy the roller coaster :)

christicorbett said...

I really like the new look of your blog. Makes me think of spring...even though it's raining outside right now :(

I've gotten a brief taste of the query rollercoaster and must say I'm not looking forward to when I actually get on the ride.

Best wishes!

Christi Corbett

Angela Ackerman said...

QueryTracker was so helpful in finding my agent. It's a great resource. I'm on the subbing rollercoaster, an extention of the query rollercoster. It can be nerve wracking can't it? But we just keep going!

Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

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Donna Hole said...

I haven't queried in about a year. Good luck with those requests :)

.......dhole

Melissa Bradley said...

Good luck with the queries! I hope you find great success. I love Napoleon Dynamite, it's one film that can really get you laughing when you need it.

Jules said...

Queries, good luck. I do seem to be on a roller coaster just nothing to do with writing. And yes my housemate is in FLA right now rubbing the weather in my face :)

Sorry I'm late I not around much on weekends but I do try to catch up. :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Jules said...

Sorry did not proof that last sentence :)

Hart Johnson said...

Oh, good luck with the process! I've been on that roller coaster (and hate it) and plan to get back on again this spring anyway, but MAN, I can't write when i'm on it. It totally saps my creativity. I have a book to write, then I will query while I EDIT.

William Kendall said...

I'm not there yet, but it's soon to come.