Ok, so I’m done moping. All it gets you is to the bottom of a Ben & Jerry’s carton. Mmmm... Cherry Garcia...uh, where was I? Oh yes, I’m going to get off my lazy, fearfully procrastinating butt and do something about my career instead of whining. Yes, my antibiotics have kicked in and I’m ready to take on the world. Well, at least send out some queries.
Angel invited me over last weekend to perk me up. She plied me with cheesecake and Wii trivia games. She also pitched an idea to me. I’ll call it the Circle of Five unless you all have a better name for it. Generally the concept being that at any one time, I have at least five manuscript related items circulating, be them queries, submissions, or contest entries. When one comes back rejected or the contest ends, another query goes out in its place. Something to keep me motivated knowing my stuff is out there. I know some people run a Circle of Twenty or something, but I'm going to start off small.
Anyway, so I’m starting today. I currently have one item out and long overdue, so I’ve sent an email inquiry for a status on that. I will also be querying four other agencies. Lord love them, most take electronic queries, so I’m able to fire them off without a trek to the post office. We all know how bad I am about mailing things. So that’s done. In addition, I’m scouring the contest deadlines to see what’s coming up and hopefully I can enter one or two with editors I’d like my stuff in front of.
So, I have my Circle of Five up and running and hopefully I’ll get some positive responses for partials. I’m also bracing myself for a rapid fire of rejection. I’m going to attempt to take it in stride. Or at least cut back to half a carton of Ben and Jerry’s. Although not a resolution, per se, I’m going to do my best to make sure I have at least five items of mine out in the world at any time. While they’re out – I also need to write more.
There must’ve been a dose of motivation in there with that B-12 shot they gave me. What are you doing to boost your writing career lately? For the readers out there, what are you psyched about?
PS. WHOA! Rapid rejection is right. I just got an R from an agency I emailed 30 minutes ago. Wow. They said it sounded interesting, but wasn't the right fit for them at this time. Well, guess I'd better send another one out to keep my 5 balls in the air.