While many of you out there are enjoying spring break, I thought I’d take a little, tiny break from baking and tell you more about my love of writing. For those of you who are new to the blog (Welcome!), you might want to check out parts one, two, and three in the story behind my writing. Writing is my true passion. I want to make a career out of writing novels and screenplays and hope my dreams come true soon. I do also love to bake, but I really started this blog to get more experience writing and build my audience.
After I finished my third novel, Mom and I both edited it, as best as we can, not being professional editors, and then I began the process of writing a query letter once again. This is not as easy as it sounds, with each prospective agent having different requirements for both the letter and how it is submitted. Since I’m assuming they get tons of these letters, that’s the only reasonable explanation for crappy form rejection letters that tell me how many they get, and how sorry they are to be sending a form letter, and how my project isn’t the right fit, I’m also going to assume ones that don’t meet the long list of criteria get deleted or thrown in the trash without a second thought. My letter is not going to be that letter.
The query letter also only allows for a few paragraphs to sell not only your book but also yourself. How would you convince someone you are worth a second look? Or put a nearly 70,000 word novel into one paragraph? You need a moment or two or forever to think about it, don’t you?
Well, I did it. What choice did I have? But apparently I didn’t do it well enough as emails and snail mail letters began coming back, saying in the nicest words possible that I was rejected. Again. The worst ones of course, are those that don’t respond at all. Did they get it? I’ll never know for sure. One letter said that if you submitted a work of fiction (I did and probably always will write fiction), the good news is that the issue probably wasn’t your finished piece or idea, just the letter. Yes, awesome news, since I’d rewritten the letter nine hundred times and no longer had any ideas of how to make it better.
I’d like to revisit that novel, perhaps sometime soon, but for the time being, I set it aside. It sounds like giving up. Sometimes it feels like giving up. However, it’s not really. It’s cutting your losses, moving onto a new idea, one that maybe I can sell better, or maybe will catch an agent’s eye. You see I was only temporarily giving up on one particular novel, but never my dream, never the end goal. Because my first novel kept calling my name.
It meant starting from scratch again with the base idea. That was okay, writing is probably my favorite thing in the whole world to do. I love watching TV and movies and shopping and baking and exercising, but I don’t think anything makes me as happy as writing. Plus, I figured in the day and age of hot tween, teen, and young adult books, a story about a girl who just doesn’t fit in at high school, in life, could resonate with everyone at one time or another in their life. So, maybe it would be the one. The big break. The bestseller. So back to the computer screen I went . . .
By the way, I posted pictures of the eggs I colored Sunday for Easter because I didn’t have any other pictures to post and a blog post without pictures looks like a lot of stuff to read.