Tuesday, September 28, 2010

getting rejected left and right!

so my book is done! well, the first version is done. i know i still need to edit, but here's the thing about writing a book- the characters, the story, everything about is SO.PERSONAL. to you as the writer. it's hard to see outside the box anymore. that's why i feel like i need professional help, you know? i need an editor.

i think i have a really good story, with some really amazing and loveable characters. that's the biggest thing... i am IN LOVE with my characters. but i also am not naive enough to think that my story is in the best possible shape it can be in. it can be better. it can probably always be better. but that's where i stop seeing where i can improve it... because i'm too close to it, you know?

even in knowing i need to shape this story up... i've sent out query letters to some literary agents. i'm hoping that someone will be interested enough in my story to want to request some pages. and then i'm hoping that those pages will interest them enough to want to request the whole thing. so far... i've gotten 5 rejections.

ha

i just have to laugh. because if i was an editor, i'd probably reject my query letter too! i mean, for those of you who don't know... a query letter is basically summing up your entire book in 1 paragraph. how are you supposed to sum up an entire book in ONE PARAGRAPH?!?!?! i don't know, but people do it all the time.

my biggest problem i think? while i love love love my characters... and i truly do love the story.. i'm not sure how unique or powerful it is. for me.... i write really honestly and really naturally. i feel like the story i've written is something that could happen in real life. the characters are real.. everything is just .... real-esque? and maybe that's boring? maybe it's not fantastical enough? but it's how i am. i write real. in my opinion, that makes a good story.

but what the fuck do i know?

anyway.... if worse comes to worse and i find that i cannot find an agent, or someone who wants to publish the book, i will end up publishing and selling it myself. self publishing! but in all honesty, i'd prefer to get published.

so that's where i'm at... the corner of rejection blvd and still hopeful circle.

10 comments:

DadGoneMad said...

Don't simply take no for an answer, Jen. When you're rejected--and it happens to EVERYBODY--ask the agent what you could to do improve the book and make it more viable. When they answer, ask them if you can resubmit it to them after you've made the changes they recommend. If they say yes, you're in business.

Also, Royal High sucks. Go Simi.

jennster said...

royal rules! simi blows!!!!

i am still happy and not too dejected. it's all based on my query letter, which i will admit.. totally sucks ass. i had a really hard time trying to condense the whole mother fucking book into a paragraph. i mean, REALLY?!?!! and when i wrote it.. i was like, god this sounds so lame.... you have to read it to love it. HAHHA

BarbaraCA said...

I know some writers who feel their query makes the manuscript sound really shitty (I think they do, too), so they also include the first 5 pages of the manuscript, and make sure those first five pages are really attention-grabbingly good.

Also, you are gonna get a lot of rejection, until you don't. Keep going!

BarbaraCA said...

I know some writers who feel their query makes the manuscript sound really shitty (I think they do, too), so they also include the first 5 pages of the manuscript, and make sure those first five pages are really attention-grabbingly good.

Also, you are gonna get a lot of rejection, until you don't. Keep going!

jennster said...

barbara... thank you so much. :)

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BPOTW said...

Good luck with your book. Don't give up!!

Table4Five said...

I hope you get published, because anything written by you has got to be awesome, someone will see that. Whether you get picked up by a publishing company or self-publish, put me down for a copy! :)