Catching up

I can't believe how fast that vacation went. Seems only yesterday I was packing up my stuff and getting the hell out of town. Now, I'm back, staring at the mound of paperwork I have to catch up on. Ugh!

Maybe just a quick peek at what's going on in the publishing world first. Shhhh, don't tell my boss.

Oooh, looks like the blogs have been busy.

It appears that vampires are still popular. Agent Nathan Bransford's blog post show's them holding strong at 58%. Hopefully that is good news for my story. Fingers crossed!

Along that line, I am sitting at 10 rejects so far. 8 form letters and 2 personal rejections.

I'll probably sit down and do another revision to the query soon. Alas, the work is never done.

Editorial Ass wrote a very interesting blog "Hedging Your Bets," with some great advice for us newbie writers hoping for publishing success.

I have to admit, I'm scared of making mistakes along the way. I know it's a learning experience, but that fact doesn't help me sleep at night. Each time I submit a query, horrible self-conscious thoughts creep into my head.

Did I really polish my work enough?
Did I make a careless mistake that will out me as the newbie writer I truly am?
Are agent's laughing at my submissions?
Will I end up on Queryfail?

Maybe I should take a look at the Query Tracker Blog and reread the advice there on, Believing in Yourself as and Author.

Speaking of Queryfail, Looks like Bookends, LLC is offering up a chance to authors, giving us Agentfail. Not that I plan to complain at this point. I'm not tempting fate, I need an agent right now. he he he.

On a lighter side, Agent Rachelle Gardner offers up some tongue and cheek advice on what to expect if you do land an agent.

Well, I've wasted enough time today. I suppose I had better get back to work. Vacation is over.

Comments

Jessica said…
Wow, I can't believe your vacation is over either. Doesn't that stink?
Great links. I couldn't read all the comments on the Bookends Agent fail. Made my eyes cross. Ugh.
Congrats on the queries! Two personals out of ten rejects is awesome. Seriously. I sent out like thirty e-mails and only had a few personalized responses. You're doing great. I worry about making mistakes too. Sigh. All this gray hair...okay, I don't have any grays yet but by the time this is over I would be surprise to see some sprouted. Ack.

Yay! I know your name now. :-)
quixotic said…
I couldn't read all of the agentfail comments either. Some made me feel hopeless to find a good agent and others made me mad that people could be so nitty about agents.

I'm just going to sit here with my fingers crossed and keep sending out my queries. Hopefully I don't have too bad of and experience with agents. So far, all of the responses have been polite and professional.