Tuesday, December 14, 2010


December 10th was my birthday, and December 9th marked the first year anniversary of my writing endeavors. For it was on the ninth that I wrote the first page of TRINITY. A reminder of said anniversary came in the form of a huge-ass snowstorm. It is white here, friends. White, white, white. I’ve gotten used to the whiteness after living in and around it for twenty four years, but once in a while, I’m still moved by the sheer beauty of snow. Then I remember why I resent it when I need to spend fifteen minutes shoveling to get to my car.

It’s now been seven months since I began querying, and since a new year is upon us, I thought I should compile stats from QueryTracker.

Queries sent:
92 Sent
15 Still Out
3 Partial Requests
2 Full Requests
58 Rejections
14 Closed / No Response

Sadly, all those manuscript were rejected save one, but I’m not holding my breath. I did begin to write something new, but I’m finding it hard to move on and leave that first novel behind. So I might not. I might explore other alternatives. As a matter of fact, I already have explored, I just need to make a decision. In any case, I’ve decided to keep querying until I hit one hundred (yes, 100) rejections, and then I’ll consider the project KIA. It’s been like a love affair, and I hear love affairs are hard to end (anyone can chip in on that?).

On top of thicker skin, I did get a lot of knowledge out of this entire experience. If anything, it has helped with my patience development. Nothing like getting a request for a partial, waiting three months before nudging then receiving an auto-reply that states the agent in question no longer works at agency X! Sadly, it has rendered me immune to excitement over partial/full requests as well. Whether this is a positive or negative thing, I’m still not sure. What is certain is that I’m a much stronger person now.

What about Nathan Bransford leaving the agenting business, huh? I admit I never saw that coming. Maybe he’ll help CNET’S write better reviews! Moonrat also closed her blog, which came as very depressing news to me aspiring author eyes. The Rejectionist announced she’d be taking some distance from writing topics. Finally, The Intern also closed shop! All four blogs were fantastic and they’ll be dearly missed.

The holiday is the best time to be writing for me, so I wish all of my author-friends a good writing season!

1 comment:

aspiring_x said...

good luck with your new project (and as you continue querying trinity)!!!
i was shocked by nb's job change too! but i'm so very grateful that he didn't scrap all the resources on his blog!!!
happy holidays!