Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Steady as she goes

What I'm Reading Now: Green by Ted Dekker

Not much to report this week. I'm down to the last nine pages of the rewrite and just realized I have a couple more scenes to add. Hopefully I'll still be able to finish "draft two" by the end of the month. Haha optimism is funny, isn't it?

I'm wondering how long I should let it sit after that. Stephen King says six weeks, but I attended a writing seminar this past weekend and the instructor there said you don't want to leave it sitting too long, or you'll have trouble getting back into the style you wrote it in. So you should give it, you know, at least 24 hours. ... Um, could the difference be any more night and day? How am I supposed to work with that, people?! I'll flip a coin I guess.

This afternoon I can turn in a copy of my query letter to the agent in my 'How To Get Published' class. Very excited to get her feedback. I bet I've spent at least a month writing the query letter alone, which is only 368 words including a short bio. Wish me luck!

Last but not least--I've added some publishing links to the blog (see right-hand column) in case you're curious about what a query letter is or how I stalk literary agents. I've also added my editor's blog and a link to a blog for a local Denver agent. They both have great advice when it comes to writing and seeing the book world from the business side of things. I don't know what I'd do without the internet!

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