Querying: every writer’s worst nightmare
I mean, I couldn’t even put an exclamation point in the title.
Unless you can hire someone to write one for you (Wait. Is that a thing? If so, contact me.), querying is an inevitable process if you want your book traditionally published. I’ve been scouring the interwebs in search of resources for this process, and I’m amazed at how much info is out there.
One problem I’m finding is how often advice is contradicted. So which advice do you follow? *If you’re wondering the answer to that question, it’s not here. Because I don’t know.*
Most writers (aspiring and otherwise) on Twitter know about the pitch party opportunities, which occur several times a year. Yesterday was one such event called #DVPit.
Is my manuscript even pitchable at this point in time? Eh, not 100%, no. And so even considering participation in this event was foolish. That should’ve been my first clue.
But I tweeted anyway.
However, that’s not the part I did incorrectly.
Somehow, it’s the last day of February, and I have no clue how this happened. I made a prediction this month would be pretty productive.
Yeah, it wasn’t.
I guess I should say, I wasn’t. It’s not February’s fault. I can’t blame it for being short. I can’t blame its confusing one-day-summer, one-day-winter weather.
I could blame Netflix. And I will. I was binge-watching Friday Night Lights and Bates Motel. It’s the whole Netflix trap, that little countdown that takes you right into the next episode. The seconds tick by and I’m trying to decide if I should go do something or watch the next episode. By the time I’ve decided, the next one has already started and it doesn’t seem right to turn it off. Netflix knows what’s up. Sly devils.
As of today, I have sent out a total of 8 queries.
I have received 2 rejections.
These things take time. After reading several submission guidelines from different agencies, I’ve seen turn around times anywhere from 2 to 12 weeks.
And wouldn’t you know it? Ze Frank has some thoughts on the topic of rejection. There are so many videos about rejection on YouTube. But there’s only one Ze. I love this video. But you already knew that.
My first rejection back in December was awesome. Yes, you read that right. I took a screenshot of the email and made it my desktop background.
You know that feeling when you hear something and you think that person has read your mind? Or that person just gets it?
That’s this. This video. Right here. “Supposedtobes.”
Yep. Ze Frank does it again. His pawn shop metaphor gives me life.
Most of the time, before I go to sleep, I think about all the things I want to accomplish the next day. When I get up in the morning though…it’s a different story.