I had to try very hard not to write another query letter. I found all sorts of useless things to do to occupy my time. Laundry. TV. Bejeweled. Finally, I decided my hair was in such an embarrassing state that I needed to wash it, so I set up my iPod in the bathroom and listened to "Telephone" for the 800th time and washed my hair.
Somehow in the midst of all this, I got an idea. I had been toying with what book I am going to start next. I didn't want the book to be exactly the same as the last, since that one was so emotionally stressful, but I didn't want to write some pansy lovey-dovey sap-fest either. It had to be along the same lines, but perhaps not as dark. And then, right about the time the conditioner went into my hair, and Bjork started hollering about "Human Behavior" on my iPod, it hit me.
The lead character. The plot. The dilemma. The climax. The conclusion. Hell, I even came up with the title. In a rush, I rinsed, figured I didn't need to straighten my hair today and would go a-la-naturale wavy mess, and ran downstairs (after I got re-dressed) to my computer.
Four pages later I have the outline. I'm not sure I'm going to start writing just yet. I need to let this idea fester for a while. But at least I know where to focus my energy now.
It feels good.
The only sad part, I already feel bad for my main character. Boy, am I going to make her life miserable!
Okay, so maybe there were more than two of you actually reading this blog. Come to find out, there may have been three! And despite the fact that there were days when I had nothing to post, things have gotten interesting lately and I have more to write about. No, I didn't get a book published. But, the blasted thing is done and I am in the process of sending out query letters to Literary Agents asking if they'd like to read it, and possibly represent it in a sale to a publisher.
So far, I have sent out 14 letters. Each varied as to whether it was a one page letter including a paragraph synopsis, or a letter with a separate one page synopsis, or a letter, synopsis and bio, or a letter, synopsis bio and first 10 pages...OR, letter, synopsis, first 50 pages but no bio, or letter, 3 sample chapters but no bio or synopsis...ARGH!!!! I can't keep track!
Each letter takes at least an hour of on-line digging, and I still accidentally sent one to an agent who wasn't even looking for a Young Adult book. Oops. I'm not counting that one as a rejection letter, though technically it is. 5 have returned answers of "No" without even reading the whole manuscript, so I'm not really insulted. A little impatient, but not hurt...yet. If all 14 come back 'No,' including one agency that actually has the whole manuscript, theeeen I imagine I will be a little discouraged.
It won't stop me though! There are hundreds of agencies out there. ONE of them is bound to want it...Right?
Anne Tibbets is an SCBWI award-winning and Smashwords.com Best Selling author. After writing for Children's television, Anne found her way to young/new adult fiction by following what she loves: books, strong female characters, twisted family dynamics, magic, sword fights, quick moving plots, and ferocious and cuddly animals.
Anne is the author of the young adult fantasy novella "The Beast Call," and the young adult contemporary "Shut Up," both published by Premier Digital Publishing and available on Amazon.com in paperback, and on all e-reader devices.
Look for "Carrier," Book 1 of THE LINE series to be published by Harlequin's digital first imprint Carina Press in June, 2014!
Anne divides her time between writing, her family, and three furry creatures that she secretly believes are plotting her assassination. Find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AnneTibbetsAuthor or on Twitter @WriteforCoffee