Next Steps

I set up a bullet journal spread to count down the last few queries (about three batches worth) before I hit my next rejection collection milestone. Nothing special. Just a bunch of squares to fill in each time I send something out. I also get a shiny new pip for one of my online writers’ forums. That’s the casual end of things. There’s a spreadsheet somewhere, and a correspondence file, and uhm… a rejection collection key chain. Oh, yeah. I’m hardcore. If I could figure out a way to update a t-shirt regularly, I’d probably have a rejection t-shirt.

Aside from the evidence that I’m actually doing something, that I’m actually moving forward, there’s a superstitious element. Once upon a time, my mother bought me a pair of cowboy boots a size and a half too big. You’ll grow into them.

I did not grow into them.

There’s a part of me that’s crossing it’s fingers… toes… eyes… and hoping I will not need all those squares.

It could work.

I’m finished my revision. Now I’m debating whether the query letters I wrote still represent the novel I have.

And after that, querying in the time of coronavirus.

If you’re in the querying trenches with me–looking for an agent or a publisher, or just trying to sell that short story–let me know. We can celebrate the journey together. Drop me a comment to tell me what you’re working on, and what you plan on doing with it when it’s done.


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    I’m also querying, and perhaps understandably there are zero replies right now. I’m thinking I’ll still send out queries because they can sit in an inbox indefinitely but I’ll figure that due to circumstances answers will take much longer than any posted response times.

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      I may not survive. The last time I didn’t get my quota of responses, I wound up absolutely certain that my email server wasn’t working… (except for those test messages I sent myself, which always seemed to go through.)

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