Long Weekend

Posted by on Jun 30, 2010 in Uncategorized | 4 comments

So great news, for those of you in Canada, tomorrow is Canada Day! Happy birthday Canada! My employer has seen fit to also give us the Friday off. After all, who wants a day off to celebrate their country’s birthday and then have to go back to work for one more day before the weekend? Not me.

In personal writing news, I received an incredibly quick rejection yesterday. I e-mailed my query at 12:30 pm, and received a response at 10:30pm. Granted it was a form rejection (surprise!) but that is a quick acting agent. Impressed was I.

Yesterday after my rant on query submissions I recomposed myself and sent out another 8 queries. Now there are still 7 out there so lets hope one of those agents is the ‘yes’ I need. If not, I suppose it’ll be back to the drawing board for queries.

As far as the decision to continue writing the series while I wait and see if I can grab an agent’s attention with my novel, or start a new novel, I haven’t decided yet. I have the second book in the series outlined. Also, the first chapter and part of the second is now complete in its first draft. What worries me about starting a new novel, is this: If I start a new novel and an agent does fall in love with my book and I need to go back to working on book two, that means I would have to put the current novel on hold. Now that isn’t so much the issue as whether I’d be able to pick the second book back up and just continue with it. I’m sure I could manage it without a problem, but it still makes me nervous. The past few months as I polished up my manuscript for EXILED and prepared myself for the querying process, I was also working on getting book 2: SHIFT organized, so my heads been in writing mode for this series. If I do decide to branch off and start something entirely new, well then I need to switch gears.

I have to admit that starting something entirely new is both exciting and nerve-racking. I already have – what I thought was – a great series idea, and I was hoping to see it through until the end first, but publication and starting a career as a published author is important to me. Not as important as being able to write, but it’s important none-the-less. After all, I want to have a career in writing novels and the only way I’m doing that is to get published.

So what do we make of all this? I’m still unsure which direction I’m going to go. I ‘think’ I’m going to continue working on Shift for now. If all else fails I can complete the first draft and then decide to start something new before revising it. I think this is the way I’m leaning, but again, I’m really not sure.

The other issue is, for some reason unknown to me, I have yet to query any Canadian agents. Don’t ask me why because I really don’t have the answer, but being a Canadian it’s a little easier to get published in Canada. Go figure. So, this weekend I’ll submit a few more queries to Canadian literary agents and then see what comes of it. 

So there you have it. My thoughts for the future and my plans for the weekend (besides cleaning house). I’ll be back next week with new ideas, and a new post. Hopefully by then I’ve got some decisions made on what’s the best way for me to move forward.

Query stats

Total queries submitted: 16

Total form rejections: 6

Total personalized rejections:1

Total non-response assume rejections:2

Have a great long weekend!

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