- Christopher Paul Curtis, Bud, Not Buddy
January and February were full of hope:
01/12 – I queried an agent.
01/13 – Said agent requested a full.
01/23 – I queried an editor.
01/31– I made it on the longlist of 100 stories for Queensland.
02/06 – My short story was accepted in 100 Stories for Queensland! My
FIRST publication credit.
02/14 – Said editor requested a full.
02/24 – I made it to the semifinals of ABNA (Amazon Breakthrough Novel
Then came March, which was dismal:
03/03 - Said editor sent a REJECTION.
100 Stories for Queensland publication date was delayed.
03/19 – Said agent sent a REJECTION.
03/26 – Another year older. Another year agentless.
03/23 – I did not make it to the ABNA quarterfinals.
But April has brought good news:
I also believe this will be the month I complete my YA fantasy, Naked Eye. I’ve written what I think is an amazing query (*cough* Clearly Delusional). I’ll post it on my 2nd blog, Earnest Writer's Excerpts as soon as the draft is done.
I started my first manuscript in April 2006. 5 years ago. When I wrote those first lame lines, I didn’t know writing would take over my life. I didn’t know how much I had to learn. I didn’t know how difficult it would be. I didn’t know how many times I’d be rejected. I didn’t know the emotions that would swirl within me. I didn’t realize there’d be the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.
Now I do.
On 03/29, I read Tiana Smith’s humorous and truthful post, Pros and Cons of Being a Writer . She stated authors write an average of 6 manuscripts before they’re published.
Naked Eye will be my 6th manuscript. This means this could be THE ONE. It also means some people are published from their first book, while others toil away at 12 or more. I heard that Beth Revis , author of Across the Universe, which is part of an impressive 3-book deal, wrote 10 manuscripts before becoming published.
3 close calls
2 future publishing credits
I have to have hope I'll achieve it.
Writers, where are you on your writing journey?
Care to confess how many manuscripts you’ve written?
Or how many manuscripts it took to become published?