So book 2 is in to my editor. Waiting to hear back from her. I hope she likes it as much as I do. As predicted it was a dark, gut wrenching book to write. That being said, I love it. I might even like it better than the first book and y’all know how much I loved that one.
I am officially preparing to go back on submission. This time with my fantasy romance Enemy Hearts. Everytime I come back to this book I love it more. That’s a good thing. Wish me luck.
We are creeping ever so slowly toward my release day. And in a little less than a month I’ll be going to the RT booklovers convention which is an awesome convention I’ve always wanted to go to. This time its in my own backyard so of course I have to go. I can’t wait. It will also be my first public appearance as a published author even though the book won’t be out until fall.
Guess that’s it. What’s up with you guys?
That’s right, the call I waited my entire life for came and I missed it, I was at work. That call came from Angela James at Carina Press who left me a very nice voice mail to tell me she was very sorry she missed me but she’d send me a follow up email. Even without any of the details, I squeed. Yes, I said squee. I’m not ashamed to admit it.
When the email came, I might have actually screamed a little. You see, the email told me that not only did they love Possession and wish to extend an offer on it, they wished to offer on the second book in the series as well. I was completely blown away. Obviously I accepted and I’m thrilled to be added to Carina’s fabulous roster of authors.
When chosing where to submit to, Carina topped the list not only because of their reputation, but I really felt Possession would be a good fit there. I also knew that being a digital publisher the production schedule would be much faster and they would be much more likely to end up wanting the full series. And I guess that’s true since they picked up the first two.
So I’ll keep you guys updated as I have information to share. In the meantime, I need to finish that second book. 🙂
So you know my book, Possession? Yeah, the one I was “done” with? That’s been out on submission since roughly the time God created the earth?
Yeah. It’s not finished yet. I did another round of revisions based on agent feedback which I am 2 1/2 chapters away from completing. It has been a horribly slow painful process and I don’t understand why. I normally don’t have to drag stuff out of me like this.
In the midst of this I have gotten a revise and resubmit from an agent. Now, this agent hasn’t read this newest version and she’s not going to. Why? Because it’s not enough. I didn’t realize it until I got her email. I instantly thought upon reading it that I couldn’t send the new version because it wasn’t different enough. Oh, it’s better no doubt about that, but I now doubt that it is the best representation of me and the writer I have become in the last year.
I tend to undervalue my talent and my skill. I do so on a regular basis. Even when people I don’t know tell me I can write, I still doubt. And then a dear friend, whom I deeply respect, told me I am so much better than I was a year ago. And I was good a year ago. I know I was. Agents told me I was. They told me I was good. They told me I was talented. But I wasn’t good enough to get picked up by one of them. Because something was missing. I think I’ve found it. I’ve found it and I’m going to use it to rewrite this book in ways I never would have imagined when I started.
And when I’m done, I’m going to resubmit, requery, query and I am going to get signed and I am going to sell this book because anything else just isn’t acceptable.
First and foremost, I want to share that I have finaled in the FF&P contest I entered! I am so excited and completely overwhelmed. Only the top three entries final so I know I’m no lower than 3rd. Now the finalists have been sent on to an agent from Curtis Brown who will do the final round of judging. I should know how I place around the 1st of December or so.
Second, an update on the querying process. I received another request for a partial, but it’s been rejected already and got 5 or so more rejections on the query itself. So no good news there, but I’m still plugging along. Besides now in my query letter I can say I was a finalist in a contest. 🙂
Just a quick update to everyone following along on my journey. Several queries have been sent. I have received 3 rejections total thus far and 2 requests for partials. Yay! For the requests not the rejections. Just clarifying.
Also that doesn’t include the submissions I already had out. So the count right now: 3 rejections, 3 partials and 1 full. I’ll take that count.
I had the opportunity through my Futuristic, Fantasy and Paranormal RWA group to pitch to an editor Megan Records with Kensington books today. She has requested my full manuscript! I am blown away and so thrilled. It will be a couple of months before I hear back but I wanted to share the good news!
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So this was an interesting weekend. My writer’s group was given the opportunity to meet with Deidre Knight. For those of you who don’t know who that is, let’s just say she’s a big deal in writing circles. She’s not only a well-established agent, she’s also a multi-published author. Not only could we meet her, we were given the opportunity to pitch our book to her.
Ever since I found out that she was coming, I’ve been wondering what kind of person she would be. What the experience would be like, that kind of thing. I mean she seemed nice enough on twitter but how mean can you really be in 140 characters? (Don’t answer that question, I know people can be plenty mean on there)
For those of you who are not familiar with the writing industry, an agent is the key to a successful writing career. Finishing the book is only the first step in an incredibly long process. Without going into all the detail, let me just say that getting an agent to read any portion of your book is a huge step forward. It’s a step that will hopefully lead to them choosing to represent you. Now you know why I said scary agents in the title. It is scary to think someone is going to read and judge something you’ve poured hours of time and your heart and soul into.
Deidre was actually very nice and extraordinarily easy to talk to. I did pitch Possession to her. And while I think my pitching skills need a ton of work, she requested that I send three chapters and a synopsis to her.
Keep your fingers crossed for me that she likes it enough to read the rest of it.