Well not really haha. I submitted my cozy mystery to a few agents and now I wait. A mix of emotions ran through me the first couple of days. Do I take a break from writing? Do I start the second book in the series? Or do I want to write something completely different?
I actually read a few older stories that I had forgotten about. A couple were entertaining and one…oh geez. I can only laugh at how bad my writing was back then. It was nice to see how much growth I’ve achieved over the years.
After reading, I decided to write in a different genre. I like what I’ve written so far. It’s a little out of my comfort zone being in the romance genre. But I am liking the challenge of it and have already exceeded my word count goal so far.
I’ll keep going, keep writing, keep creating, and hopefully one day my words will be published.
What do y’all do to pass the time while waiting to hear back from agents?
And I am going for it! Courage, I feel, isn’t something I am good at. Realizing I want to be a published author has already been an up and down journey and it has made me find my bravery.
Even if I don’t get one like from an agent I am going to start submitting to them. Just one yes to change my life! How insane is that?!? I know the odds aren’t in my favor to find one quickly but a girl can hope and wish and pray and beg for it to happen!
Good luck to all my fellow authors out there who are participating in PitMad! I’m proud of all of us for trying to live our dream!
I’ll admit it. I’m overwhelmed at the moment. There is SO MUCH pressure (I’ve placed on myself) to find the “right” agent.
By right….I’ve got to stalk…uh…research! almost 100 agents. I have to find the ones that clearly represent cozy mysteries, ones that list mystery in their MSWL, and ones that all genres but “wants a voice that pulls me in, makes me laugh, fall in love…” You get the idea.
All this research is a necessity. If I’m lucky enough to find an agent I want one that is supportive, who understands my work, that can deal with the thousands of questions I’m sure I’ll have and is overall a good person. After all, this will be a hopefully long term partnership. Why would I want to spend that time with someone I don’t click with?
I’m right on the edge of the cliff. Scared out of my mind. Leaping, I will have faith. There’s a big bouncy house at the bottom that will catch me, right?
This is not a drill people!
I’m sure most authors can agree the painful process of editing can take its toll both mentally and physically. I would have loved to have finished editing sooner but it is what it is at this point. Gotta move on and forward!
Over the past week, I’ve struggled to find the words to even start my query letter. Thankfully the words finally found me.
Next stop? Synopsis. *major deep breath*
I’m hoping the words won’t hide from me and I can whip up a synopsis quickly because I’ve got two goals in mind: Pitmad and query submissions in September. I’ve heard of PitMad on twitter but I never thought about trying it out until the other day. Just thought why not?
Wondering if any other authors have given PitMad a chance? Did you teach you anything? Would you participate again?
Hello all. Today I did something. It felt great.
After losing my baby girl I really didn’t give myself a goal to return to writing. I knew I would eventually. I was nervous I got to admit. But it felt so good to create again. To smile and giggle at the scenes I wrote. So good to have this feeling back. Now that I am back I’ve got a couple of goals in mind when I want my novel done and ready to submit.
Every day I still feel her loss, feel a piece of me missing. I’ve accepted that I may always feel this way but I will continue on. I will continue to dream and strive for a better future.
At the end of January I finished my book. Yup. Me. I did it. There were plenty of times when I thought I wouldn’t complete my goal. But I did. I was so happy and proud of myself. Both weird feelings. Immediately I thought what is going to ruin this? Messed up right? Well like clockwork the universe answered my question in the most unimaginable way.
I lost my baby this week. My shadow. My booba. She blessed me with 13 years. It wasn’t long enough though. My heart is broken. My voice cracks when I talk about anything. Memories and sadness surround me. I know time will heal this pain but for now I am not sure when I can record a podcast episode. Until the balance within me is restored I am not even going to think about recording an episode. I will however focus on my editing.
Her death, the unrelenting emptiness I feel I will learn to carry as I continue to live and dream of my future. Of course I will always wish she could be by my side – snoring like usual – but she will always bring a smile to my face, tears to my eyes because of the love she effortlessly gave. If you have anything in your life you love please tell them – constantly – and hold them tight.
Episode 2: Getting to Know Me – Part 2
I’m back for a second week! In this episode I finish up answering questions my family and friends submitted to me regarding the cozy mystery I am working on.
I did pretty good this week on meeting my 1,000 words a day. I am so close to finishing y’all! At least I hope so. Think there’s really only two major sections/scenes to write and then on to the next step! Finding beta readers! Nervous and excitement for the next part.
Please take a listen and let me know what you think. I’m all about improving, changing to make my content better. Also let me know where you are at with your novel in the comments below. Thanks! 🙂