A few quick updates, my patient friends:
I am currently on what we will call a “break” from querying. I still have a few query letters floating around in cyberspace, but I’m not actively sending out new ones for now.
My reasoning is two-fold: 1) I have queried the bulk of the agents in which I was most interested and which I thought would most suit this particular manuscript; and 2) reading rejections letters while trying to maintain forward momentum on a new project was surprisingly impossible. And so I pause.
In this pause, I am writing the above-mentioned new project (total genre and POV switch! more to come later!), as well as working on the long overdue TLN comic strip, resurrecting a trunk novel using good old-fashioned southern voodoo, developing a few new TLN schemes that I hope you will love (additional revelations coming soon!), re-vamping this website (sorry for any dead links…UNDER CONSTRUCTION and all that), and finishing proof work on my third comic book. Lots of good stuff going on and I feel quite productive. Yet I’d be lying if I said disappointment wasn’t a part of my current emotional cocktail.
I’ve discussed my query break with my crit partner and with fellow lady nerd Viv, both of whom find themselves in similar situations. We know from the countless author blogs we’ve devoured between us that lack of success with the first novel you query is nothing unusual. The opposite, in fact. And yet, disappointing. We’ve also learned over the past year that all projects are not created equal in terms of querying…and that’s okay. We continue on. No one is giving up. No one is surrendering. We will continue to work, continue to create, and continue to query (after a brief pause for sanity’s sake).
So fear not, LadyNerders! Getting published is a rocky, obstacle-strewn path…and we’re in it for the long haul. Much love!