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    My Top 10 Writing Songs (WARNING: Most Are Depressing or Overly-Romantic or Just Plain-Awesome):

    1. Seven Devils, Florence + the Machine 2. Like Real People Do, Hozier 3. Gravity, Sara Bareilles 4. Addicted, Kelly Clarkson 5. Your Ex-Lover is Dead, Stars 6. Rivers and Roads, The Head and the Heart 7. Everybody’s Changing, Keane 8. The Cave, Mumford and Sons 9. Wild Horses, Natasha Bedingfield 10. We Used to Be Friends, The Dandy Warhols *Discluding all Taylor Swift and The Avett Brother music because those could be a list of their own

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    Keeping Up With Two More Rejections

    Two more rejections have graced my gmail account…but of course my head is still high! This is a learn-as-you-go experience, and before I send out a fresh batch, I want to make sure that I make a few changes….one that I’m especially hopeful about because something tells me that I needed to do it, and I really hope that whatever that something is, it’s looking to brighten my future. Until the next rejections (and fingers crossed…not-so-rejections) come in, I’m going to try to put out some posts about my writing habits, some of which are quirky, and definitely update the website with an outlook of the books I’m working on! So let’s…

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    Positive Outcomes Only, Even in the Worst

    When I started this little endeavor, I didn’t really think I’d be excited to get a rejection letter. After that first one, I haven’t been. But I can say that I’ve been contented and proud and slightly disappointed. This past week, I felt glad. Glad because the two that I got this week were a little slice of normal. A reminder that normal does exist (shock!) and that hopefully the better days I once knew pretty well will return again. Last week I went in to have the right side of my thyroid taken out because there was a nodule on it that was making my neck feel swollen and…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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,…