The Weather Reflects the Mood

My mood is bad. I’m sitting here, forcing myself to work on my calculus homework with despondent eyes. It’s hard to remain positive when the rejections keep rolling in for Children of Earth.

Is the story too convoluted? Is it too packed? Are there too many characters for a reader to become emotionally attached? Should I shelve Children of Earth and move onto a new series? The one that is itching away at me in the back of my mind?

It’s so so hard to stay positive in Children of Earth. I just want people to read and fall in love with these six heroes.

New Book Idea!

I’ve got a new idea for a new series to write! I’m really excited to start this one! It’ll take a lot of research, but it would be a good one to start while I’m waiting on queries for Children of Earth.
My hints to you about it are A) it has to do with Greek Gods and B) it’ll tie together a lot of common Greek myths

My enemy, Time.

Writing isn’t exactly a lucrative business. Most authors need to work multiple jobs while writing even if they are published.
I’m at the “working three jobs while going to school full time” stage, hoping to get a fourth, and finish book two in whatever free time I can dredge up.
It’s chaotic. And draining.
I keep getting asked when my book is going to get published, and its painful to admit that a year would be the earliest possible date of publication. Publishing takes a long time. It’s all about time in the publishing business. You’re novel has to hit an agent and/or editor’s desk at the exact time they’re looking for that kind of book.
I’ve been researching some of my favorite author’s and their paths to publication. It took Sarah J. mass FOUR years to get published from when she started sending out her query.
Time will be my enemy for the time being. I’m going to make like Anton and fight back this ruthless villain.

Fall

As I lay in bed, my kitties cuddling on my back, I can’t sleep. Thoughts of queries, school, three jobs and friends tumble through my head.
It’s been a long time since I’ve felt this kind of restlessness and it took me a long time to put my thumb on why I’m bitten by it now.
It’s Fall.
I despise fall. School is starting, the money you spend all summer saving disappears in a heartbeat. And everything is getting cold and dying. Including Auke Lake.
Auke Lake was my refuse. My place of sanctuary where I could spin, float, dive and escape reality for multiple hours a day. Now I can’t. The water is too cold for anyone to stay in for extended periods of time, and now I don’t have that stress-relief.
Can summer get here already? I’m sick of fall.

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“Be Realistic”

Writing is hard. Writing for an income is even harder.
As I send out query after query, the self-doubt threatens to suffocate me. I’m worried that my query was awful, that my first chapter is too long, too boring, and too full of mundane details that are necessary to understanding the story. I’m worried that I’m jumping the gun, that I have too much faith in this story.

But I continue to write anyway.

I want to believe that someone out there will fall in love with this story. I want an agent to realize why I am so drawn to these characters, filled with angst and probably too realistic for their own good. Anton with his self-doubts, Luke with his determination to return to Amelia, Jeremy and his desire for Rohays. Each of my heroes are at lengths fantastic and realistic, and I’m hoping an agent will realize how easy it is to relate to these people, despite the gap separating them (you know, the “travelling between galaxies” gap).

I have sent out my query to 33 agents, and heard back from 3. One said that my writing is polished and poised, so I’m taking that as encouragement. The other two gave me nothing but despair. I cant hate them for it though – that’s their job.

I will continue to mail out my query though, because nothing can stop me.

Agents! Platforms! Queries Oh My!

When you read Lord Of The Rings, it is important to remember that Frodo had a lot of help along the way.
You, my readers and “Facebook Page Likers” are my Fellowship as I trudge on to get my book published. The path to getting your book is a long stairwell, each step higher and higher, harder to reach each and everytime.

I’ve written my query.

I’m building my platform (slowly but surely).

And now I’m sending out queries to Agents! From there a long long list of rejections will probably await me (J.K. Rowling was rejected more than fifty times, and the author of The Help was rejected more than 60 times)

I’d like to think that the odds are in my favor… if only slightly!

Thanks for all the support and I hope I can give you a great book pressed between a hardcover some day soon!