Wednesday, November 23, 2011


When this year started, I promised myself I’d start querying my historical romance this summer.

Umm…that didn’t happen. I was too busy incorporating feedback from my writing group and fretting about, well, everything.

Then I said I’d query this fall for sure. October came and went. (Where did October go? I really want it back.)

Then I told myself I’d query before December—because everyone knows agents automatically discount December queries as half-baked Nano novels and if that’s true, I didn’t want that to happen to my story.

I started querying last week.

Delight or Terror. That is the Question.

And the last few days have been full of Exhilaration (A request? They like me, they really like me!), Despair (Form rejection? Form you!) Second-Guessing (No auto-reply? Maybe I should send again.), and now impatience as the holidays take their toll on the industry.

But that’s ok. I met my (oft-modified) personal goal for querying and know the novel is the best I can make it right now. And for that, I’m thankful.

What are you thankful for?

Happy Thanksgiving!


Lori M. Lee said...

YAY! So exciting :D I will cross all my fingers and toes *_* Querying is terrifying, isn't it? lol

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Don't let it get you down. Just keep moving forward with queries and writing and keep your mind off occupied.
And in the meantime, have a great Thanksgiving!

The Sisterhood said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Don't worry, there's always plenty of time to query in the new year!

♥ Mary Mary

Bluestocking said...

Thanks, Lori! It is, which is why I put it off for so long :)

Alex, I'm trying to stay positive. And started working on a long-neglected WIP. Happy thanksgiving!

Mary, Mary - That's definitely true, but if I give myself an excuse like that, I'll never send a query :). Thanks and have a happy turkey day!

Denise Nielsen said...

I know so many writers who are afraid to query, to submit. Sure, you can avoid rejection that way, but keeping your work hidden away is a sure fire way NOT to get published. Rejection is something that says hey, I have the guts to try.

Angela Ackerman said...

I'm so thankful for my family and for all the great people I know in life, online and off. I can't even begin to articulate how good it feels to be so supported!

Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

I'm so excited for you! Congratulations on getting to the querying step....

I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving. :D

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