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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Added a new blog!

I've decided to break off and do a seperate blog just for the Guardians. Look for specifics on the characters sometime in the future at immortalguardians.blogspot.com!

Here I go again (uh... again)

Well, I decided to go ahead and submit Draven and Ally's book to another agent. I emailed queried an agent last night and hope to receive a response within the next few weeks. Keeping my fingers crossed! :o)

I also started going through editing their book again. I know, I've done a ton of that, but I can't help it. If anyone's ever heard an author say that they're never happy with their book, well, it's true. Your book will NEVER be 100% perfect. But, since I haven't had any bites yet, I might as well improve what I can while I can.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Annnnnd... Repeat of last post

I received yet another rejection. Dang. I am really hating this 95% rejection rate. So, now I'm trying to decide if I need to go through my book again and see what sucks, or if I should just go ahead and start submitting it to more agents. I may even submit it to a few publishers to see if I have any luck there.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Rejected

I failed to mention that I received my first rejection letter. I mailed a query to an agent in New York on a Monday night, only to have received a rejection letter one week and a day later. Honestly, I was surprised at the speedy response. Not really sure how my letter made it all the way to New York to have the agent read it, decide against it, and send a rejection letter that quickly - but it happened.

Anyhoo - I know there is a 95% rejection rate, so I really shouldn't be surprised. At this point, I'm thankful that the agent was considerate in sending me anything, since many don't respond in any way.

I just submitted another query to another agency, and am keeping my fingers crossed. Even though I'll likely be rejected again, I'll remain hopeful for now that someone will see the potential that my Guardians have to offer. They really are amazing, and I'd love the chance to keep unravelling their story.

Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Well alright then

Wow, that goal I set was waaaaaay to difficult. I didn't even get close. I've realized (since setting that goal) that it was causing me to ignore everyone around me. So... I'm going to change my goal by a lot. I'm now shooting for 5,000 each week until I'm in the final modification stage of Raider's book. As much as I'd like to finish the book, 10,000 is just unrealistic since I also work full time. On the up side, once I stopped worrying so much about reaching that goal, other ideas popped into my head for future Guardian books -- which is awesome since I can start hinting at things in these earlier books. So, even though I can't do the 10K goal, I'm excited about what's going on.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Goal

A few days ago, I made myself a goal. 10,000 words each week for the next seven weeks. It sounds like a lot, and really, it is. But I'm seriously hoping I can achieve it. As long as I can stay focused (which, let's face it, I've sucked at lately), I think I'll be able to easily achieve this for maybe three or four of the weeks. After that, I really think its going to be difficult.

Since I write the general idea of the book first, then go back and add in details (and wash, rinse, repeat) it becomes increasingly difficult to write that many words. Most of the time I can only pull something like that off when I need to write a brand new chapter, instead of reading through the existing stuff and adding more detail, or hell, even modifying the sucker.

I'm proud to say that I am a third of the way done with Raider's book (basing it on the size of Draven's), and am extremely excited with how it has turned out so far. My mind keeps wandering forward to future books, my boys are anxious to come out and play. It is keeping me really excited, but really I just need to focus on Raid.

I'm counting my weeks from Friday to Thursday, so right now I'm at over 3,000 words for my week. As long as I can keep myself motivated (and fight the sleepy-sleep that invades my life after work), I think I can reasonably beat this week's goal. I have four days to write 7,000 words.

Wish me luck!