Wednesday, November 4, 2015

IWSG-November: Holding Steady


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Co-hosts for November are Stephen Tremp, Karen Walker, Denise Covey, and Tyrean Martinson!

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I'm holding steady, awaiting replies on my novel, and darn it, I am getting the standard form letter reject from agents, but not all have been negative. For instance, one was interested in "future projects." Now that's motivation to finish all those projects I've started. I'm currently working on two--one fiction, one nonfiction.

I must say that all replies have been polite, which I appreciate a lot. One benefit of email correspondence is that agents (and publishers) can spend time writing the nicest reject ever. Seriously, I have been impressed. Years back I remember when the standard postcard reply was one of several boxes checked. It was impersonal and discouraging.

So . . . here's another perspective:

A huge distraction to all this has been Fall gardening. With over half an acre, we have a lot of bare land yet to fill. Off the top of my head, I've planted somewhere around 25 shrubs starting in October. I'm going to take credit for doing most of the work too! My husband has had a full plate this past month, but I don't mind. Gardening has always been a creative outlet for me. A garden grows one plant at a time, in much the same way the plot (the soil) and characters (the plants) of a story grow. Some fail and some perform in extraordinary ways. All it takes is water, TLC, fertilizer and time.


22 comments:

  1. I remember those post cards with the one or two boxes checked. So glad responses have been encouraging, even for rejections. ...is it possible they're viewing you as a potential series author? Fingers crossed for you at any rate! (I love the garden simile.)

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    1. Thank you! You know, I'm not really discouraged yet by the process. I'm just excited to be living my dream of being a writer. I can't wait to finish my next book. Now that I've completed one, I know I can do so again. Something happened to me the day I finally wrote "The End."

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  2. Of course, the email rejects are equally as impersonal, as they're standard "copy and paste" responses. But you're right, they have taken the time to think up something nice, which they say to all of the thousands of queries they reject.

    Still hoping there's a "yes," out there for you. That's all it takes. One yes.

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    1. Thanks, Cathy. I'm hoping you receive one of those yeses too. It's so exciting we finished our novels practically the same time. Exciting times are ahead my friend!

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  3. Hope the relies on your novel are good ones, good luck.
    Yvonne.

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    1. Thanks Yvonne. I'm hopeful this will have a happy end. I believe in my story and can't wait to share it.

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  4. Holding steady is a good place to be. Good luck with the query process.

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  5. It takes time to plant and grow a garden, just like it takes time to find a home for a manuscript.

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    1. Indeed it does. Your encouragment means a lot. Thanks Alex!

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  6. So sorry about all the rejections so far. Polite or not, those are never fun to receive! (They never were for me, anyway. LOL.) And wow, you're not kidding about having a lot of bare land to fill. Best of luck with all your gardening!

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    1. Getting weary I admit, but still pushing ahead. Thanks! (All plants safely in the ground :)

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  7. I'm glad the responses you've got have been polite and even encouraging in some cases. I doubt they'd ask to see future projects unless they were genuinely interested.

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    1. I wondered the same and will keep them in mind. Thanks Patsy!

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  8. Just remember that in order to get rejections you have to be brave and determined enough to have finished a project, written a query, researched agents, and hit "send." Many never do that, so YAY for all that you've accomplished so far. :)

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    1. I know what you mean. It was quite freeing to finally let it go, but still scary!

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  9. A nice rejection letter--sounds like such an odd concept. I agree with Lexa, you should be proud. A lot of people say they want to write a book, but not many actually do it.

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    1. I'm trying to keep that in mind. Staying positive seems keys. Thanks for visiting!

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  10. Interested in future projects? That sounds really encouraging! Send them!

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    1. Oh, I wish I had more ready......back to work, right? Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. What a great way to view writing...like gardening. Fertilizer is always needed even if, at times, we don't want it. You are doing great, I think, because you finished a book and now must wait. How many have not even started? You are closer than you were yesterday

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    1. I have long compared writing with gardening. Some days I can't decide which one I like more. They seem to inspire each other. Thanks Birgit!

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