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Frankie’s video made me need to say things! So in this video I talk about:
- My works in progress (fanfiction)
- Posting all at once vs. chapter-by-chapter (fanfiction)
- The beauty and strength of fanfiction.
- Posting reviews
- Work/career things
- “Writing Rules”
- Just wriiiiite.
What it all comes down to is that I have faith in the power of imagination, and I think the more one constrains it, the worse the end result. If you’re an artist of any kind… just let go. Create.
Also, I decided not to post my 50SoG opinion. I’ll keep it to myself for now. 🙂
AAaaaand… REJECTED! Okay. I’m getting better at this.
In the meantime, I’m broke and freaking out. Sitting still is not an option, so I’ve found other hobbies that pay.
Sam is in the querying stage!!!
It’s been said that you should never really talk about your rejections. I’m breaking this rule. I promise not to be a jerk about it, but rejection is part of the process and if/when that happens, I’m going to share it with you.
I’m currently refreshing the crap out of my inbox. Agent #1 responds within 2-10 days and it’s been 3. Every time I get a fresh email I completely freak out. Pretty sure my soul drops through the universe. I feel sick and excited and nervous and doubtful and cocky as shit and… small. I feel small.
This is… crazy. I wrote a book. I edited a book. I got it beta’d. I cut more than 70,000 words from it. It’s beautiful. My readers love it. No matter what happens, guys… I already won this game. I’m so pleased. ^_^ Anyway. Enjoy the videos! Thanks for following!
Notice me, senpai.
I DID IT!!!
Tweaking will never end, I don’t think. More read-through. More tweaking. Read again. Tweak again.
But it’s beautiful! ^_^ And it’s finished! And I’m so happy I might faint.
Today I whine about losing half of my job, mope a little, and discuss query letters.
Also, #ZappaTheDipshitDog makes an appearance. She’s my adorable, cuddly puppy who is REALLY dumb. You can follow that hashtag on twitter, if you want. She’ll make an appearance occasionally.
Query Samples: http://www.charlottedillon.com/QuerySamples.html
Writer’s Digest “Successful Queries” series: http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/successful-queries
If you want help with your query/writing, etc… you should join a writing/critique group or make some good friends. If you’d like for ME to help you, I’m open to that. Disclaimer: I’m not published, but I’ll do my best. Also, I won’t go easy on you. XD But that’s what you want, right?
Another lesson I learned early: Get a thick skin. This industry is a nonstop barrage of feedback, critique, and rejection.
43,817. The number of words I have so far cut. I’m thinking about logging these. Some day I’m going to look back over my theoretical publishing career and mourn the loss of the hundreds of thousands of words that no one will ever get to read. Maybe each year I’ll celebrate them alone and with booze. “Cheers to the words that were too purple for my prose.”
(For those of you who don’t know… ‘purple prose’ is a term for language that is considered overly complex, wordy, and unnecessarily flowery to tell the story. I am constantly guilty of this. I am also not ashamed of it. I wish publishers liked it more. A story that is cousins with poetry appeals to me).
One thing I wanted to add after I had already filmed the video:
Everything you say on the Internet is permanent. As writers, our reputations are all we have. I worry that someday I will ruin mine when I’m upset. A lot of people do. The one thing all of us will have in common is rejection, both by agents/publishers and our readers. It’s important to stay professional. I read somewhere to never blog about your rejection.
I’m going to blog about my rejection. It’s part of the process and it needs to be shared. I know it will happen. I do, however, pledge to never mention names, and I won’t rage. I will be upset. I’ll probably cry and be sad. But it’s not an agent’s fault if they don’t choose your work. Finding the right agent is akin to finding your soulmate. If they rejected you, you’d have had a bad relationship anyway because your interests are not the same. The right agent will be one of your biggest fans. Rejection is good for both of you. It’s a renewed opportunity to find the right agent. (I’m looking at you, senpai.) But it will still hurt, and it is important to me and to you to share the sentiment that we are not alone. Every artist has been rejected. It strengthens us. As I like to say, it separates the men from the boys. You need a thick skin to get through all of this. Writing is a discipline as well as an art form.
Did senpai notice me today?
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