Happy Independence Day to my fellow Americans! I often like to joke that today's Red Neck Appreciation Day (and not in a derogatory way). I've actually got quite a bit of red neck in my blood from my dad's side, and over the years I've learned to embrace it.
But joking that today is Red Neck Appreciation Day is not to take out the importance of what today means. No offense, to my British friends, because I just adore the UK, but creating a new country with new ideals and most importantly, freedom from the religion that had become so corrupt, well now that is just something to commemorate and get nostalgic about!
Today's also the Insecure Writers Support Group posting hosted by our most honorable blogfather, Alex J Cavanaugh. Click on the picture below to get to HDQ and check out the other posts. It's always a great time when we writers come together and share our hopes and fears.
So I mentioned something about a Query Project ...
Here's where I'm at: I just finished my 6th novel length story. Actually it would be my 7th, but I don't count the first since it was an initiation to the craft. My 6th story is a YA romance called The Desiree. SO far, I've had my CP (critique partner) read through it ... and since then, I've revised it completely based on her feedback. The revised version has been through two separate beta readers, and based on their feedback, I've revised and tightened some more. Another CP is still in the process, and I have two more beta readers to send this finished revised version to for additional feedback.
Also, I might add, I won an editor's critique of the first 5k words, so that's being applied as well.
Now, I'm pretty close to being ready to query. I actually jumped the gun already and sent one out about a week ago to get a feel for it, and it was rejected. Ugh, I hate that R word.
As you may've guessed, I've been in this query game for quite awhile now. I've queried my previous stories and gotten plenty of requests, but always the same kind of answers that the agent didn't fall in love, or wasn't passionate about it, or didn't connect to the character ... or just no feedback at all. You know the routine.
At this point in the game, I'm beginning to lose faith in the entire system. Not because I think agents are out to hurt anyone's dreams, but because I'm forgetting who I'm writing for. I feel like I have to impress agents with my stories, when what I want to do is simply write for teens and entertain them with my stories. Which makes me wonder why I'm not already out there making my stories available to them.
I want to try this one last story to get an agent and traditional publisher before making the decision to go indie. And I'm turning the whole thing into a project where you get to journey along with me and see what results. Each time I've queried in the past, I get to about 5-6 rejections on fulls or partials and then I stop querying and move to a new story. In short, it deflates me into believing the story isn't good enough. But maybe I just haven't found the right agent. My problem is that I lose my mojo for the story after a few rejections.
Now if I invite you along with me to share the journey, then maybe I'll keep going and keep querying until I've exhausted my resources. And the best part is, that you, my lovely readers, get to share my success or failure and learn from the experience. (I'm super excited about that)
Next week I'll post my query and some more on this project. Then, I'll keep you updated on my progress in the sidebar. I know some say posting info on our rejections isn't wise, but if the story is good, no one will care about that anyway. This way we can prove to the writerly world together, whether or not the system works.
More deets on my Query Project later! Sorry I've been so long-winded (or should that be long-fingered?? lol) Thanks for stopping by!
Where are you on your query or publishing path? Do you think this project will be interesting or not? Anything else you want to share? Have a safe and happy 4th of July!