So, September was mostly a bust in the writing department, but I have high hopes for October. In fact, I want to finish two WIPs. I know, typically setting your goals too big is a recipe for disaster, but I like to live on the edge. Below are my (very specific) ROW80 goals for the first month or so of this 80-day round, and a rough sketch of my goals after that point.
Here are October’s goals: Continue reading
First off, holy cheese, Batman. So many great folks stopped by after last week’s #WIPpet #ROW80 post! I couldn’t believe the welcome I got from both groups. Am feeling pretty special as a result. Thanks, guys.
Here are the writing goals I sallied forth with last week:
- Submit one query to an agent per day.
- Write 1,000 words per day.
- Blog at least 3 times a week.
Here’s my progress for last week: Continue reading
I’m really bad at joining groups. Matter of fact, I’m that weird girl with the thick plastic-framed glasses (I mean the pink Sally Jessy Raphael ones from the 80’s, not the cool black hipster 50’s throwbacks) who stands by the chainlink fence really really wanting to play foursquare (the kind with the ball, not the kind that allows Facebook to tell your stalker where you are) but probably won’t get the guts up to come over and ask you if she can play.
Well, there’s this cool group of kids out there and they’re doing some neat stuff and I want to play, too. And since I’m 34 years-old now and totally over the whole elementary school peer fright thing, I’m going to just sidle up next to them and start playing, too, pretending like I’ve been here the whole time, instead of just watching from this chainlink fence every lunch hour for the past week. Continue reading
I’ve had a fantastic response already to last week’s first round of queries on SMALL TOWN LOVE, and have already submitted a full to an agent, but in the meantime, I’ve got to think about something other than the fact that a very well-respected industry professional wanted to read my stuff without being bribed, blackmailed or extorted first. (I promise, those were going to be last-ditch efforts only.)
A quick list of random things, in no particular order:
#1 Agents don’t really poke caged authors with sharp sticks for fun. Probably.
But I’m not sure. I haven’t actually made contact with one yet. No offense, agents, but I’ve been querying and it’s a little traumatic, hearing other people’s rejection stories and wondering what mine will be like. I vote for a skywriting airplane over my house that says “STOP TRYING.” Continue reading