Writerly Things 2/4/18

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Writerly Things…2/4/18

Traci Kenworth

 

This weather can’t seem to make up it’s mind. One day it snows, the next, it melts. It’s melting again now after snowing this morning. The roads weren’t too bad this morning, just snowy but now they’re puddles of water. I hope it doesn’t all freeze tonight when I have to go get my daughter. The shifts aren’t working out like we’d hoped, so she might have to take a second job within the same store, WalMart to make her hours. My son’s going to begin looking for a job on Tues. Both need to work so they can afford things for college and also to help out at home. I wish they didn’t have to, but it will teach them responsibility and put us in a better financial position.

This week, I had some health concerns. I’m going to be going through some tests to see what’s up. It seems I just got through this last Dec. with the allergy thing. By next month, I hope to start putting money aside and also get an early start on next year’s Christmas holiday season. My mom starts early, and I used to do this when I could afford to, it saves time and there’s not such a rush to get the perfect gift when it’s time. Of course, I’ll start with the kids. We’ve been on the slim side these past years with gifts, I’m hoping to change that this time around. Does anyone else start shopping early?

I finished TGW! Last week actually. I’ve turned my focus at the moment to my historical romance. I just heard from one of my beta readers that she’ll be finished soon with my YA Fantasy. I’ll settle into revising it when it comes back and then get it out for a final round with my last beta reader. She’s published quite a few books, so I know she knows what to look for and I value her opinion on things. In the meantime, I’ve been researching agents. Stalking them a bit on twitter but not in a bad way. I’ve just been trying to get hints of what they like, don’t like. I’ve already found some gems to look for. I like these agents that do the query tips as they’re going through their slush-pile and they mention what they thought of each query. You don’t know whose query it is, it’s just general feedback but that helps a lot when you’re trying to get an idea of what might work.

I haven’t decided against self-publishing. I haven’t had time to look at A.C. Flory’s book about CreateSpace yet, I’m just undecided on which way to go. I’ll probably query a bit, see how that goes, decide from there. I’ve heard some pros have gone through 200 or more rejections before selling. I know I went through a good fifty on my first manuscript, probably twenty on the second manuscript I tried. I didn’t so much as get frustrated by the process as think the manuscript needed another look. That’s been my downfall though. You see, when I go back through I end up rewriting and rewriting, trying to figure out what will work. I can’t do that this time. Now, I’m not saying it’s perfect and doesn’t need editing. What I am saying is, I can’t change it to the point that it’s a totally new manuscript. That won’t help matters. Because this business is subjective, and I need to learn it might not be the manuscript at all. It might just not be to their taste. I heard J.K. Rowling got rejected by all the big houses before she got a yes. Stephen King’s story of rejection is well-known. Not that I’m comparing myself to either. I’m just me. That means my journey is going to be my journey and what happens, happens. I’m going to learn what I can about the Indie business though because I haven’t ruled out someday there either.

 

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