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Still in Query mode…

Two more form noes. Sent off another, revamped and hopefully improved query for Love, Darrows. It’s come so close three times now. The full/partial MS requests…so Awesome! This is the furthest I’ve ever made it to getting an agent! I’m still in shock at the warm reception by agents, though I will say readers seem to like it more than the agents…which might be a problem if I want it published. Anyway, still searching for the one that gets Darrows enough to rep him.

need to pet on Lucky Kitty.

And I still need to decide if I’m going to let Darrows out to play in Pitch Wars. I mean, I’m up for it. In the same breath, I think I’m either way ahead of the curve or way behind the curve with Darrows. Most agents (now) are looking for sci-fi stories. That’s the current trend…Sci-fi. SMH. I don’t know. I mean, I LOVE STAR WARS LIKE NO ONE I KNOW,

and yet sci-fi stories and I don’t really get along well. For the most part. There are exceptions, but they are few and far between. As for writing one, it’s not in me. not now anyway. I could take Human Touch, put it on another planet or spaceship in the far future. Same with Darrows. I can stick my Cupid on Neptune. Not a problem. Except a major problem. They’re not the stories I wrote. I’m not changing what they are for any reason. Wait…I could pull out Last Man Standing, though that’s more dystopian…You know what? No. I won’t change to fit what’s popular. They are what they are, no matter.

Even if it means I never get published. So until this sci-fi trend dissolves in the space shuttle’s afterburners somewhere as it passes Planet Nine in the Xennon District of the Nexula Galaxy, I feel sort of stuck for getting my stories published. One thing for sure, when contemporaries make it back in fashion, I’m golden! Or ghost stories! Or myths! Or dystopians!

In the meantime, I’m writing SoS. I have four other stories competing for my attention and trying to grow, too…thanks to the afore gif’ed mention of muse… a person, though, not the band. Mostly as I type out the one, I’m writing out notes, ideas and chapters in journals for the others. Add in the critique groups I’m participating in and I’m working hard at hardly working.

At least I’m at the tail end of vacation catch-up. Finally. So it’s all looking good from this side of things.

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Querying quandry. (I love Q words…and Q!)

(When you all get a copy of Darrows in your hands or on your screens, you’ll get that.)

I have never experienced such a rollercoaster before. One moment, I’m up. The next I’m down, but never out. The next, I’m so confused I don’t know what to think.

I’ve said it before, I’m saying it again. Darrows is a difficult sell for a lot of people. I knew that going into the querying process. Mostly because I can’t classify this story without thirty different labels. Well not thirty, but…

YA LGBTQ CONTEMPORARY MYTHOLGICAL FANTASY M/M TEEN ROMANCE

Or something like that. I don’t even know if that fully covers it all. It does fit, though.

So it’s a hard sell. It just means this story is different from what’s on the shelves, which “YAY! job well done,” I say. It’s what I like to do: find something no one seems to have done before and do it. And I know I’ve done just that.

So here we go. I find through Twitter and a few other outlets a list of agents who may have mentioned (at least once) that they were interested in LGBTQ stories. And I searched for agents who were interested in a retelling. I found agents who wanted tragedy as well as something different. And I made a VERY short list.

Sent out up to ten queries. A somewhat high/low number depending on who you ask. Why? Because it keeps the field small and easy for me to manage, otherwise I’m sifting through the thirty or forty agents I have at one time…and losing my mind trying to keep it all straight. BTDT and let’s never go through that again. (Last time I queried, it took up to seven months to hear from some agents. So, the shorter my list, the easier to keep straight who I’ve queried and who I haven’t.)

One maybe. YAY!

Then one No. Standard form letter, and that’s okay. Quent isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea. I love him no matter.

Send out another query to keep my number level. Which came back a few days later as a no in the form of a form letter. Again, it keeps Quent as my treasure.

Another out. No word yet.

And then, this week, the weirdest rejection letter (from the first group) I have ever read in my life or my very short authoring career so far. It was a not-form-letter. It was “praise” and “love” and “unique” and “different” and “intriguing” (not direct quotes, synonyms-ish). My story got quite the inflated ego, like a balloon being filled. But after it was full and pretty, the air came out with a pthutututututututut for at the very tail end of this beauty of a letter came an overall “This is not for me.” Huh.

I didn’t know if I should be proud…

…or if I should be upset…

…or both…

I still sit confused as I read it. I think…I really have no answers. I can only imagine the reasons why…but I don’t want to because it’s not for me to assume or blame or judge, but query…instead, I’ll just take all the positives from the not-form-letter, clutch them to my chest because someone almost “got it” and keep on going like there’s no tomorrow.

Send out another query.

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Pitch Wars is coming up.

I’m seriously considering doing this with the same YA novel I’ve been querying lately. I’ve had only the one rotten no, and some wonderful encouraging noes so far. I’m still waiting to hear from quite a few agents. That six-week mark won’t hit until the end of August/beginning of September. And I had planned on taking this to the self-publishing level. So doing this will put my plans on hold, but if I could get the attention or even an agent through doing this, why would I overlook the opportunity?

I’ve read through my first novel’s manuscript yesterday (and will finish it out today) in Scrivener–finally trying that software. And as I’ve read, I’ve noticed some things.

One. This baby is truly done. With the exception of one typo I found that Word didn’t catch, there was nothing to edit down or edit out. (So far. I still have six of the forty-two chapters–yes, 42, but the original 32 got cut for better breaks–left to go.) This story is perfect in my eyes.

Two. So far, the ONLY change I would make is to add something, which would terribly up the word count. And while it’s not a major plot factor, it is something that I think would be important to the main character–a ghost named Nikki–as she never got to experience this in her first life. Well, the whole addition is a lot of little experiences she missed out on. I hate skipping it, because I know how important these seemingly little things are to her. If I self publish, I am adding it back in. No doubt or second thought about it.

Three. Not to be braggadocious, or maybe I am, this book is better than some I’ve read. A few that while I’m reading, I’m thinking how did this get published? Typos, weird phrasing of sentences–as in things any of my American English teachers would have red penned in school–plots that aren’t cohesive or even little pieces that don’t align with what was previously said about a character or place in the book. I work hard at making sure my story relates all the way through. If I say one event happened in book one, book four may mention it in passing; it’s not forgotten. If there’s a small detail, I don’t forget it, and if I do, I will fix it immediately. If I mention a character’s third cousin by name, I can promise if it’s ever mentioned again, it will be the same name. It’s why I reread the older manuscripts as I write…those tiny details.

We’ll see if I even get picked up for this round of #PitchWars. I mean, from the rules I’ve read so far, entering is a little different from what it was in the past. If I make it, great. Fantastic! If I don’t, I have those queries out there. You never know… And if that falls through, I will be a self-published author before the end of the year. Any way this goes, this is getting exciting.

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