News for December 2019


When I was editing the YA novel currently in the Query stage…
I wasn’t feeling great about it but I decided to query it anyway.
I got one PitMad hit (which I talked about in the last entry)
and the agent got back to me…
they love the concept and was excited after reading the query
but the pages didn’t excite them.
And it went in a direction they didn’t expect.

I totally know what they mean and I know that agents don’t really give feedback but I asked for it anyway….

I am wondering if I should do a complete rewrite with this new voice that I’m feeling a lot more..
When I was working on this book initially I was still working full time in advertising and I wanted so badly to be literary, to be different and away from my real job and the type of things I wrote distance myself from my coworkers who often times couldn’t tell the difference between affect and effect.

So I may have wrote it “too” literary…

Maybe I’ll do a rewrite about this current thing I’m working on, or I may not, though I believe in this concept…and I believe in my relatively fast fingers.

Posted: December 11th, 2019
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Today was PitMad.
I didn’t really plan for it other than the three tweets I wrote for the YA novel I am working on OVER A MONTH AGO!
I am quite a stickler for rules (check it, i’m virgo rising and virgo moon) so I thought you weren’t allowed to tweet out that many times. I wrote 3 unique tweets for the SAME novel.

I woke up rather groggily this morning and copied and pasted one of the tweets onto my twitter account. I had debated whether I should make a new twitter account that’s less ME and more me.

Within TWO MINUTES I got a Like from an agent and a boutique agency.
Yo Yo yo, two GOOD query/agent/publishing things happening back to back?

Dare I dream?

Now I’m like, oh fuck this job I’m doing right now, I’m going to WRITE MORE TWEETS.

I used to write tweets for the KFC twitter account so I’m honestly pretty good.
I churned out a lot of funny / irreverent tweets about my novel that I think would garner attention. A lot of them didn’t even have a semblance of the plot in them but whatever.

I got a few retweets (well not that many, like four) from people on twitter. Prayer hands for those retweets and until the end of #PitMad. I did not get another like.

Honestly? Hands up for any sort of progress.
I am just getting started and I’m happy with how far things are going.
I can’t hope, I can’t pray, all I can do is wait.

Fingers crossed for tomorrow.

Posted: December 5th, 2019
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First Full Request

Well well WELL!
I made a spreadsheet with all the agents I am querying and put in as much pertinent information in it as possible.
According to the spreadsheet, I queried this particular agent on Nov 4th – and today, Dec 4th – I received a full manuscript request!

I am trying not to get my hopes up – as lately, you can’t be have too much hope for anything.
A symptom of my generation, or my state of mind I suppose…

But, it’s a step forward, albeit a small one, a step nevertheless.

Posted: December 4th, 2019
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