Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Barking up the Wrong Tree

I think I have been barking up the wrong tree as far as my novel is concerned. Or perhaps I am barking prematurely. Each and every agent that was so eager to read my partial has declined to see the finished product.

I sent out the query too soon. How many times will I let my impatience as a writer (And as a person) do this to me?Screw something up because I refused to put in the knocks? The novel is only 57000 words long. A novella actually. Not long enough. And the story is told. I tried layering another plot in but can't really think of anything that would give the book 50,000 more words. I have two more agents to send to and I am almost afraid to.

The critique group has been awesome and I love their input, but I am wondering if I shouldn't be focusing on another work. My YA Novel and my other WIP. Or should I curb this cursed impatience and finish editing this novel and call it a learning experience?

Like the witch on the Little Mermaid said, "Life is full of tough choices, idn't it?"

In other news, I have a radio interview this morning for my nonfiction book, Day Tripping. That will be salve for me battered ego.

I hate waking up early and not being able to sleep. What a pain.

I got tons of work done yesterday... My family went to the lake to fish with friends and I stayed home. I polished off an article and sent it. Made tons of phone calls to tons of people. Read some work from my crit group as I try to catch up to everyone's manuscript. I also managed to roast a chicken, mop and scrub the kitchen, and clean the bathroom... verra productive time.

Must run to check up on a few blogs.


Gena Showalter said...

I truly believe we have to write one book, then move onto the next. Write another, then move on again. Not only do we learn something new with each book, but I think our confidence grows. That doesn’t mean we have to stop shopping pervious projects. And even if a project is rejected, that doesn’t mean it’s not wonderful. Sometimes it’s just a matter of right time, right person – as was the case with Stone Prince and Awaken Me Darkly.

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with Gena here :) It WILL happen Teri. Try not to be too hard on yourself.

Jana J. Hanson said...

Yes, don't be too hard on yourself. You're a great writer!! Keep writing!!!

Jill Monroe said...

Of course I bow to all things Gena. The YA market is so hot right now. And who knows, a little distance from this book and you may come up with THE EXACT thing that gives you the work count you're wanting!

Anonymous said...

Best regards from NY!
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