Today I got my first agent request for a partial (first 3 chapters & synopsis). Insert “woo hoo” and a happy dance here. Very exciting! The timing seems serendipitous since I recently blogged about revising the manuscript for just such an event. I didn't expect to have to jump into it today, but I was more than happy to tackle it. 😉
In the scheme of things, a request doesn't mean publication is imminent. I know plenty of writers who've been getting requests for partials and completes for years, and are not yet published. Still, I'm excited because my query letter generated some interest, and that's the first step.
Knowing that I'm doing my best to get in the game keeps me motivated to move forward, and forces me to do the hard work (like revisions). I learn more about the art and business of writing every day, and when the call does come, I plan to be ready.
The Daily Squirrel: goodbye
The ballpoint pen left ink blots on the paper as she wrote out words of goodbye. Or badbye. If badbye were a word, that would more accurately describe this parting. Badbye to the angry outbursts and sarcastic remarks. Badbye to the forgotten anniversaries and birthdays. Badbye to the whole damn waste of three years. Her heart lifted and she smiled. “Badbye, Gary.”