Patiently Waiting

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?

PitMad is Here!

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!

Finding an Agent

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?

Hiatus over!

Hello all. Today I did something. It felt great.

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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.

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! 🙂

Music by: Talking to Sophie

Episode 1: Getting to Know Me – Part 1

 

Hi! Well I’ve dun done it haha. My first podcast. Not sure what I am thinking. Hoping this helps me connect to other authors, people who love discovering new authors and supporting them.

In this episode I asked family and friends to submit questions about the current novel I am working on. Thank y’all so much for those! I had fun making this and learned I need to work on my breathing! haha.

I’ve been trying to add my podcast to different apps but I am having no luck today/tonight. I will update when I am up and running on those apps.

So for right now please take a listen below and let me know what you think. If you have a podcast or if you recommend a podcast that I should follow let me know in the comments below!

 

Music by: Talking to Sophie

My First Podcast! Sorta.

One of the surprising things I’ve learned in the writing world is how supportive other writers have been. I reached out on one of the Facebook groups I belong to and inquired about podcasting and one of the members offered to have me on their podcast.

Now I must warn you – the audio of myself is not good! haha. I swear the mic was far from me but dang that thing picks up my voice! I promise to work on that since I will be uploading a weekly podcast soon. My goal with this podcast is to let everyone see well hear another side to me and how my progress is going with my novel.

Below is the link to the podcast I was featured on. Please take a listen and give a follow to my fellow author Less C Harper!

Manuscripting Pod: A Conversation with Author Keala Hudson

Less Harper Twitter

Manuscripting Pod Facebook Group