The querying process and book preparation process are both less numbers-intense than the editing process. I can’t say that I got X pages done, which is Y % of where I want to be. Instead, I have to treat you to a laundry-list of things that I did for you to get a feel for the kind of motion I’m seeing on my end.
Plague Novel–I received a second full manuscript request and another rejection. This puts me at two full manuscript requests and two form rejections. I chalk this up as an overall success. I intend to do agent research and then tweak and sent out my query letter to my second set of possible agents on Monday. I want to try to emphasize my writing-relevant skills a little more, but I also don’t want to come off as braggy.
I keep getting little tiny ideas on the possible sequels. I’ll have to do an entire other blog post on why I decided to write other things when I have three books semi-outlined out for the Plague Novel.
Flight Novel–this one is burning a hole in my brain. Every now and then, things pop out at me that I want to do on revision. I just keep noting them down in the Scrivener file so that I don’t lose them. At some point, the desire to revise it will reach a critical mass and my attachment to the story as it exists will wane, and then and only then will it be time to pull out the proverbial red pen.
Book 3–I’m trying to come up with a working title for this. Right now, it has two different titles in my head: that generation ship story, and “Touchdown,” which is the name of the Scrivener file on my computer. The second one makes it look kind if like a sports story, though, so I’m not sure if it’ll stick around.
I’m eyebrows-deep in research on exoplanets, space travel, and Russian culture. The characters have started forming in my head. I went back and read Characters and Viewpoint, but I still have no idea if the right voice for this book is third-person limited or first-person. I do only have one main-character. That tends to push me toward a first-person voice, but I’m not really sure if the trade-off in immediacy is going to be worth the more intimate emotional connection to the character. Writer problems.
Other projects–I’ve received one short story rejection. I need to make this a pair before I send them out again, since the short story submission process is so draining for me. I’m thinking about opening up a Patreon and putting my short stories there instead. It’s extremely difficult to break into the short fiction market because space is extremely limited and lots of established authors also write short fiction. I haven’t made a decision on this yet. It’s something I’ll need to give some serious thought to before I decide whether to make a move, and in the mean time, I’m going to keep going with submissions.
I’m also going to be a contributor for Queer Girl Cafe. My internal editor is screaming at me not to fill this space up with empty words, but… I’m very, very, very, excited about this project. There are some amazing queer writers lined up to contribute. I have a tiny bit of impostor syndrome even thinking about having an article in the same space as some of these women.