You wouldn’t believe how long it has taken me to get to this point.
I have been saying “this is the year” for the last 4 years. But, it seems as if this is finally the year.
Well, I mean I don’t know if I will get an agent and get published quite yet, but the point is to get out there and put myself forward so I MIGHT be published. I think I have a better chance than most. I haven’t just been twiddling my thumbs since I decided I wanted to be a novelist 28 years ago. 28 years! I’ve been writing novels for as long as some published authors have been alive. But I’ve learned a lot in those 28 years. I’ve done a lot to improve my craft and my art.
I read a hell of a lot.
I journaled about six feet of books stacked on top of each other.
I’ve studied novels, plays, poetry, non fiction, history, science, philosophy.
I’ve written poetry, stories, prose, blogs, experimental, literary, fantasy science fiction.
I explored other arts, visual, music, performance, even dance… and don’t kid yourself, it all helps.
I got a couple of degrees.
I’ve got about 3 trunk novels that I wouldn’t mind doing something with some day.
Frankly it was really hard to get the one novel into a state where I felt comfortable sending it out. Even so, I am now looking at it, thinking it’s too wordy and needs to be tightened.
I researched agents and publishers, formats, how tos.
I wrote a million different versions of my synopsis and query letter.
And finally, I composed an email to an agent I’ve been semi-stalking for the last few years.
When it came down to it, I was too chicken to press send and I had my 6 year old daughter do it for me.
Then I went and bought me a t-shirt online as a reward for accomplishing something I’ve been wanting for the last 18 years since i wrote the first draft of my first novel. The t-shirt says “Part Wolf” which is fitting because the novel is about a young woman who finds out that she is a human/werewolf hybrid, a member of a group that has to live in hiding or be killed on the spot. Tee hee. Part wolf. I love me some urban fantasy.
Maybe I shouldn’t have gone to grad school and started teaching and then went off to have a couple of kids. But if I hadn’t done that, then would I have been the same person who was able to write this book? I think all those years helped me become grounded and to recognize who I was and come back to the things I love.
Anyway. I feel like I’ve accomplished something. I’m going to send out another query, or maybe a few, by monday, so I will always have the possibility of someone saying yes. I started the next query, personalizing it according to the agent. I’ve heard that he sends rejections in about 2 days, so if it’s a no, it will be nice to move on to the next one.
But what if it’s a yes? 5 months ago