What I'm reading: Rain Storm, by Barry Eisler
Thanks to Susan Wiggs for sharing this - what writer hasn't been there?
I'm now officially in the 'submission' phase with my mystery. I've queried a few agents, and have sent off a submissions package to a publisher that said they'd be willing to look at a partial. And yes, I made sure that I followed their submission guidelines, one of which was a 750 word (maximum) synopsis. Given that my shortest synopsis to that point was hitting the 1200 word mark, I had some tightening to do.
To reach that length (I don't think 'shorth' is a word), I had to evaluate which plot points were vital, what character motivation was important, all the while hoping a little of my voice trickled through. And to make sure all 3 POV characters were represented, and there was nothing where a reader would say, "Well, that was a stupid thing to do; why not just do XX?"
So now, it's a waiting game. They say allow 90 days. They also say, "Do NOT approach us in any form of communication before that time is up." Of course, they say it much more nicely, but it's clearly a "Don't call us, we'll call you" scenario.
And along with submitting comes the strong possibility of rejection. Having had traffic pick up on our house showings, I will be trying to tell myself that it's not a 'bad' book, just not what the agent is looking for.
Feedback from our Realtor from potential buyers is encouraging, but as of yet, there's no offer. For one buyer, couple, she loved it, but he didn't want a yard with any trees. For some, the floor plan (split) won't work; they need to be near their young children. For others, the color was too blue. (Still trying to figure out that one!). We've been told we're on the short list for several buyers, but again -- no offers. They're thinking about it. Until they're sure they've found the perfect house, they're not committing. And having watch a lot (probably too much) of HGTV shows featuring house hunting and house selling, I've seen what kind of details will turn a buyer on or off.
I know that those buyers are looking at a lot of houses. An agent is looking at a lot of query letters. And an editor is looking at a lot of manuscripts. Based on editorial comments on my last manuscript, which my former agent had shopped around, I have some confidence that my writing is acceptable. But just like each buyer found something different they didn't like about our house, each rejection came with a different reason for not being a perfect fit.
Eventually, someone will love our house, and someone will love my manuscript.
Tomorrow, my Tuesday guest is writer, educator, and environmentalist, Christine DePetrillo. Her topic: The Write Habitat.
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