I wasn't planning on writing this post - but some friends asked me to share more about the hoo-ha that has been going on around here.
I chose this photo because the path is not even or straight or perfectly lit. I thought it fitting to our individual journey's as writers.
Here's a very brief rundown for the three people in the world who might be vaguely interested.
wrote manuscripts and articles...got many rejections....over many years.
wrote this manuscript
met editor at conference last summer. she requested full
ignored by said editor
sent status query to said editor
ignored some more
entered Miss Snarks First Victim Secret Agent contest
won honorary mention (invite to submit)
ignored some more
entered Miss Snarks First Victim Secret Agent contest the next month (this was before her site was super busy and I could re-enter w/ a different page)
won honorary mention again (invite to submit)
ignored some more
had thought "Hmmm, why don't I research agents myself?"
researched agents (using querytracker - props to them!)
picked four agents that I really liked
got request for full from said agents
got rejection #1 (agent did not connect w/ book...felt characters were not developed enough...ultimately just didn't love it)
got rejection #2 (agent said book 'too religious' for agent's personal taste. well, there is a travelling preacher in this book...but it is not about religion. whatever.)
began to question this manuscript. decided to try the beta reader route to help me see manuscript more objectively
found beta on absolutewrite
had horrible experience w/ same. she couldn't read past chapter two...just said it was too terrible and painful and why would anyone be reading books like this when they could be reading twilight?...honestly, that's what she said.
felt uber depressed
read manuscript and thought this is complete and utter trash, what was I thinking submitting it to agents???
reached out on blog...got two new betas (thank you, Lady Glamis and Lotusgirl!!) who gave encouraging and helpful feedback. Angels, those ladies are.
thought maybe it's not complete crap after all
got e mail from agent #3 saying more time was needed w/ manuscript
got e mail from agent #4 (who was actually #1 on my list) asking if we could set a time to talk
had telephone call with said agent. discussed book in general...what he thought needed work...what his vision for it was...etc.
thought about it. contacted agent #3 who still had it out...was told it was too similar to something they already represented but would I please consider sending her other work of mine.
decided I wanted to go with someone who 'got me' and this work
contacted agent who offered rep and thankfully accepted. In this second conversation, we discussed expectations of each other, how the work would flow, reviewed contract details, etc.
got contract in mail
I expected to be dancing and singing and buying everyone chocolates...but really I just felt grateful
and somehow cautious (this is just one step out of many, after all)
and - if I'm honest - a little scared....
could I make the changes needed? Would we be able to place it with a publisher? Would I be exposed as a fraud after all? How would my friends react to the news?
Crazy thoughts....but real all the same.
In the end, I am so happy to have found someone who understands and appreciates the story I was trying to tell and who is easy to talk to/work with.
Not everyone liked or got this novel. Hmmm...where have we heard that before?
OK, enough of this jibbering. On with more interesting discussions....