Welcome to my new blog. This used to be the site for my weekly web serial, “The Poppet and the Lune” (which you can read more about at the link to the right), but since I finished it last October I’ve taken the draft down while I’m querying agents and publishers. I’ll be using this new blog as a place where I can talk about writing and the publication process, as well as share some of my personal thoughts and feelings on the subject.
As far as the publication process goes… “The Poppet and the Lune,” or “TPaL” as I call it, was submitted to six literary agents this past week. Submitting to agents is a huge pain in the ass, no matter how great of a writer you are, and I’ll be making a post about that in the coming week, but in the meantime I wanted to share the already fun news I do have:
I got a partial request! :D
Yay and happiness and hurredly rushing to put together the requested materials!
While this is my first partial request for TPaL, it’s not my first partial request as a writer. No, years ago when I first began to submit my work I got so far as a full manuscript request for an old novel called “The Sins of the Guardians,” but unfortunately it didn’t go beyond that. While I still consider every bit of motion forward a worthy cause for celebration (at least you know you wrote a good query letter, eh?), it is by no means the end of my search for a literary agent.
Still, practicality aside, I’m just enjoying the moment. I have three more agents I’m waiting to hear back from (already got one pass, and one automated “we’re no longer accepting unsolicited query letters”), and a whole crap load more that I can submit to after them.
This part of the publication process, arguably the first step aside from actually writing the manuscript, can make or break a writer. I’ve had my moments of despair, as I know many others have had. But this time I feel confident that, regardless of how many rejections and passes I get in my inbox, I’ll still love my manuscript, and I will not despair.
Probably because I’m okay with self publishing, if it comes down to it :p
So, the materials are sent, and this blog is now live, and the site will be tweaked periodically until I get it just so. And, in case you were wondering, the background image is an etching I commissioned to be used potentially in the book cover for “The Poppet and the Lune.”
Have a great weekend!