I’m working on fixing up a book so I can continue submitting to agents with it.
The process has gone a little like this:
Step 1. Write Book.
Step 2. Edit Book.
Step 3. Write Query Letter/Synopsis.
Step 4. Submit Book.
Step 5. Edit Book again.
Step 6. Submit Book again.
Step 7. Edit Book again.
I’ve gotten to the point where I know it’s different but I am not sure if it’s better. I may just be splitting hairs at this point.
Let’s face it, squiders. Submission is not fun. Writing? Fun. Editing? Fun, especially that first real edit, where you take the raw material of your first draft and reshape it into something coherent and awesome. Planning and research? Still fun. Submission? Not fun.
Maybe there comes a point where you are so awesome that even submission becomes fun, probably because you don’t really have to worry about rejection.
For most people, writing the query and the synopsis tends to add onto the pain. I don’t have that problem. Whatever else may be said about my writing, I can write a damn good query. Now, the prose…
Sometimes I wonder if I’m going about this wrong. In the last year, I have sent out nine queries. Two were no-responses, two were partial requests, five were rejects, though admittedly all of those had some pages attached. I am aware that this is an embarrassingly small amount to have done in said time period. Also, seeing how this is my second edit since I started querying, one could argue that I have some sort of weird perfectionism thing going that I need to get over.
I’m also starting to ponder if I’ve got my age range wrong, if it wouldn’t be easier to sell it as a MG than a YA, even though the main characters are 17. I know YA tends to be dark and gritty these days, and this is neither. Is there even a market for off-world YA fantasy? What’s the difference between MG and YA anyway?
I’m beginning to think that I’m sabotaging myself. I know this is a hard, slow process, but I don’t have much to show for my work. I know I have confidence issues, so perhaps I am afraid of success, and that’s why I keep rewriting instead of submitting?
Come and share your submission woes and successes with me, friends. (Feel free to psycho-analyze my submission habits too. Whatevs.)