Monday, September 7, 2009

My Writing Life: play the next song, dance the next dance

"Thanks for sending along the opening pages of The Stone Dragon. Truth be told, though, I'm afraid these pages just didn't draw me in as much as I had hoped. I'm pressed for time these days and, what with my reservations about the project, I suspect I wouldn't be the best fit. Thanks so much for contacting me, though, and for giving me this opportunity. It's much appreciated, and I'm sorry to be passing. I wish you the very best of luck in your search for representation."

I knew all along, of course, that another rejection letter was possible. Until the
book is actually in hand, at any stage prior to its publication, the deal can fall through. Still....

"I think I can.... I think I can...." Meanwhile, I'll continue working on my next book and researching more agents to query. I know I can do that.

The above words ended my last post. They are my plan, actually. So what did I do?
  • I replied to the agent with a 100-word query + five pages of Love Ya Like a Sister, since she also represents young adult novels.
  • I pulled a slip of paper with the names of two agents I had researched from my bulletin board. I emailed the agents query letters.
  • I read through my poetry book manuscript of Bare Ruined Choirs, adding three poems and minimally revising others (changing with to within).
  • I began work on the blurb for the back cover of Bare Ruined Choirs.
  • I researched another agent for next Friday.
  • I went outside and enjoyed a day in the garden with my wife.
Bliss arises from within ourselves. We provide the attachment, for better or worse. I'm not sure what "follow your bliss" means, but at least I am following my own agenda. I think that's for the better.

Copyright 2009 by Thomas L. Kepler, all rights reserved


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