Sunday, February 14, 2010

Damn Dreary and Dreadful

These are the dog days of winter here in the Great Pacific Northwest. The weather gods pulled their usual February tease -- clear skies and 60-degree temps -- to lull us into thinking spring was just around the corner, but a cold, unending rain has followed. It matches my mood exactly. Why TF have so few answered my January queries? WTF is the status of my submissions? WTF's the point of all this, anyway? The book market sucks. Nothing but gloom ahead. Aarrghh. Frak it.

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  1. Want to crawl into a hole together?

    We can hibernate until there are signs of spring.

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  3. "Steady on, ol' chap; cheer up; things could be worse; have a pint of bitter and a bag of chips..."

    :-)

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  4. I was just wondering the same thing this morning. I have several unanswered queries out and I'm used to the rejections rolling in within the week.

    Don't give up Trav, there's only so low the book market can go before it comes back up!

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  5. I'm feeling you. I have several queries out with no response. It can't stay like this forever. Things will pick up.

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  6. You are moving, that leads to mistakes. Mistakes are milestones. There is no other way to arrive but to falter toward the goalpost. Congratulations on moving!

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  7. February is a fickle bitch of a month. Ennui settles in like cloud cover.

    That said, what always seems to work for me, is to move on to the next shiny object (start working a new book). It's rather like dating, as soon as you move on and stop hanging by the phone, the phone rings. It's Murphy and Fate hooking up and conspiring to mess with our psyche. When we say F-it, and move forward, they are finally compelled to come running after us. They can smell the reek of desperation. They can also smell the sweet scent of talent.

    The right agent for you will happen. In the meantime, write on.

    ~Lola

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  8. Huh? What? Queries? Trav, at least you have a novel ready to query, I'm still stumbling through to become worthy of querying. Keep your chin up. I saw Becca Fitzpatrick at a book signing the other night and she said she received over 100 rejections. She pubbed in November 2009 and had begun querying in 2003, I believe. She said she just kept working on the story until it was right during that time. Wow, right?

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  9. Tina - that's supposed to make me feel better, six years? I could be dead by then.

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  10. Well, I'm banking on the fact that you are much more brilliant than she is. Just sayin'.

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  11. Hey don't be negative. I think the book industry sucks too but I keep on trucking. If we give up on our dreams because of these good for nothing literary agents, then what is the point of living at all? heehee. We can't let them win. So far they have won the battle but they won't win the war...well not until we actually find representation, heehee.

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  12. On a more serious note Travener: the constant seesaw of confidence/optimism then to despondency concerning writing I know only too well. All we can do is plough on, I guess.

    I told myself last year that in the end it comes down to: give up or don't give up. And as fed up as you sound, I hope your choice is "don't give up".

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  13. I think if I *could* give up, David, I would have done so long ago.

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  14. I know exactly what you mean. Positive vibes to you.

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  15. Publishing is so damn slow it's painful. I feel your pain! And the winter sucks so bad I just want it over already. It's mid-Feb though, spring is around the corner!

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