• Rejections

    That Awkward Moment When…

    ….You accidentally send the wrong query to an agent. And I don’t mean, oops, I misspelled a word, wrong. I mean, oh my gosh, I just sent the someone else’s letter to the agent I’m querying, wrong. At first I didn’t realize it…I went about my business searching the internet for the next person to write. Only when I switched views back to Word, I realized my mistake. *Curses in head* *Blushes so red people think the sun has gone red giant* *Flails around like a maniac* All I can say is thank goodness no one was near to witness that little gem of a reaction. Me being me, I…

  • Additional Query Stuff

    Kickin’ It Old School

    Because I’m a dork, I had the chance to actually send out a query via mail. A lot of agents don’t accept hard copies anymore and instead automatically recycle them. When I came across a chance to mail it in, I jumped on it. Nothing feels real when you send it by email; you click a button and it’s gone, sent off into the tech-o-sphere. When you send it by mail, you’re printing things out, checking a thousand times to make sure it’s ordered neatly, writing out the addresses in your best handwriting and placing your stamps on the envelope (thanks for the stamps, Mom). Doing it this way just…

  • Rejections

    Ugh…A Second REJECTION

    My second rejection letter came in on the 26th. A Sunday. Yes, happy end of the weekend to me. Here it is: Thanks so much for your query. I’m afraid your project just doesn’t sound like a good fit for my client list at this time. I wish you all the best with your career and hope you find the right agent match soon. This one almost broke me. The first rejection was kind of thrilling…but this one hurt. First off because I didn’t even warrant a name or a “Dear Author,” which I can understand that they’re busy, but it still feels very cold. Secondly, because it  feels offensive. And not…

  • Rejections

    That First Dang Rejection

    After I finished my last page of edits I got right down to business the next day, so that by July 22nd I had sent out a whole fleet of agent queries (speaking of which, a wonderful to place to check out agents is http://www.writersmarket.com/).  On the 23rd, I sent out a whole new batch of queries because I wasn’t excited or anything. Not in the least.  At around 5:00pm that very day, I received my very first rejection letter: Dear Author: Thanks so much for letting us take a look at your materials and please forgive us for responding with a form letter.  The volume of submissions we receive, however,…

  • Welcome

    Thanks for Joining Me!

    Welcome! If you know me, then you can probably imagine how giantastic my smile is right now.  If you don’t, then just imagine the biggest, cheesiest smile you can think up, put a bright red face to go with it, and know that I couldn’t be happier to have you here with me. When a person admits that they want to be a writer, people to tend to give them the HA!-have-fun-starving, I-really-hope-you-can-afford-clothing, what-the-heck-are-you-thinking look. If you’re lucky enough, you might get a more excitable response instead and ask about what you’ve written or what you want to write, maybe even what literary works you hold to high esteem. Most…