Thursday, August 03, 2006

Here We Go

I'm currently working on the query letter I'm going to send to the agent that I have, after weeks of research, decided is the one to whom I will pitch the quintology. I read her blog. I like her client list -- I had already read half a dozen of the books on it and, except for not being socialist gay science fiction novels, you know, they're very like my work -- she's funny, she's in NY, we're perfect for each other. So I'm putting together the query letter. And I'm sitting writing it and my heart is hammering, I'm queasy, I can barely focus, I'm like, I haven't been this nervous since...good shit. I have never been this nervous.

It's just a query letter. It's not like I haven't done this before. Shit, I've been doing this since I was twenty.

I think it's because these are the first books I've actually cared much about. Man, is it going to sting when these get rejected.

Hah.

2 comments:

Diane said...

I've never done it, and now I can't imagine doing it. About seven years ago, I had an idea for a novel, and I wrote a few chapters and had them looked at by some other writers. They told me to forge on, and I just couldn't do it. I didn't have what it takes. It took too much commitment and concentration, things I don't have in big supply these days.

Still, I sometimes think about the chapters I wrote and about my idea, which I still like. Who knows? Some day, I may drag it out again. Right now would be a good time, since it is partly about a hurricane.

But good for you! I know how difficult it must be. Good luck with it.

hrtsmom said...

What I hate is the other, usually oft-rejected, writers who say "Don't take it personally" when you get rejected. How can you not, especially when it's a project you really care about? It's like saying, "Don't take it personally, but your kid's really ugly."

Anyway, good luck. I've self-published my series after being rejected umpteen times, but I'm hoping to pitch the next one to a "real" publisher whenever it gets finished.