First of all, thank you so much for dropping in for a visit. Seeing as you have arrived, I assume that you have recently received a query for my two books: Danny in a Newfangled World and Saving Ivan. To help you better understand me and my books, I’ve compiled a list of personal facts:
- I only send queries to agents whom I have researched and feel certain that my book has the potential to fit into their roster of books.
- I have been toiling over my most recent synopsis re-write for an entire day (admittedly my day ends at 3:30pm when my boys race through the front door) and will continue to “perfect” it today. I’m serious about my writing.
- One prominent literary agent asked me for a partial review of both my manuscripts. However, as patient as I am (and hopeful), I’ve decided that after 2 months with no response, it is time to resume my search for representation. I still await their response and will apprise all queried agents of any change in the status of my manuscript.
- Saving Ivan is, in fact, the fourth novel I have written. My first – a somewhat cheesy teen novel was completed back in 2000 when I was 29. I cringe when I read it now.
- I have a small piece of paper hanging to the left of my desk with the words: Rejection Tally – Go up to 100. (I’d prefer to stop anywhere closer to 50, so feel free to help me out with that.)
- Although self-publishing Danny in a Newfangled World may have ultimately hurt my chances to find a publisher now, I don’t regret it because I am a better author, speaker, book seller, and risk-taker now than I was over a year ago when I decided to go for it.
- I now realize selling books is harder than writing them. Way harder.
- I actually think my sequel, Saving Ivan, is funnier and more exciting than Danny in a Newfangled World – which is strange because when I started writing it, I didn’t think I could live up to the first book’s standard.
- I take criticism very, very, very well. I may sit in my room sulk for a bit after I hear it (pity party!), but then I suck it up and make the changes, knowing they are creating a better story, article, assignment.
- I am now reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (yep, for the first time).
I hope you feel you know me a bit better now. Thanks for stopping by and it would be so lovely to receive a personal response, rather than a form letter, but I understand your predicament. So, no hard feelings if things don’t work out between us.