Tuesday, November 23, 2010


The Queen of the Northwest lies under six inches of snow this morning, with overnight wind chills dipping into single digits (Fahrenheit) and dry, drifting snow blowing about while roads froze.  Seattleites know only one way to deal with snow -- to freak out, talk about nothing else (like me, here) and abandon their cars by the side of the road.  Fortunately, I live in the city and don't have to go anywhere, so I'm cool with it (pun intended).  In fact, I love it.  I grew up snow-deprived in Arizona, so every flake of falling snow is like a gift of heaven for me, a promised chit of recompense for the deprivation of my snowman-less, sledding-less childhood.  Yay!

No real news on the book front: a couple of form rejections wending their way in over the last week, that's all.

How's the weather where you are?  And what are your feelings about snow?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

One Good Thing

I noticed this morning, as I put off logging on to the Online Man's site to start slaving away to get around to printing out the "requested materials" that the agent who wanted the partial asked for, that my query had included the first three pages of the book.

This is semi-good news, because so many agents make a decision about representing you, if they respond positively to your query, based solely on the first few pages of your writing.  (Google "first five pages.")  So at least that particular hurdle has been...hurdled.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Mr. Gloomypants Speaks

"Now, a lot of readers of this 'weblog' -- well, a few of what's left of the readership -- have seen fit to chastise Trav as a 'Mr. Gloomypants' for expressing a certain amount of, shall we say, cynical detachment concerning the full and partial mss. that are currently in the hands of -- or at any rate, sitting in the computer files of -- these semi-mythical beings known as 'agents.'

"'A well-worn cynicism is the saddle beneath my butt of hope,' says I, Mr. Gloomypants. 'It is the glue with which I keep my noggin from exploding off my neck.'

"Well into the second year of his AgentQuest(TM) now, the most recent outburst of my alter ego, Trav (see below), is merely the logical expression of his experience of the aforementioned AQ, which has been, since roughly Day 2, a cavalcade of rejection and hope gone to rot.

"Added to which, he had seriously hoped that 2010 would turn out better than 2009, which sucked slimewater through a fire hose (in which suckiness the AQ played only a secondary role), but only 45 days are left before 2010 turns out to have been, no-if-ands-or-buts, worse than the preceding year.  Something neither Trav nor Mr. Gloomypants could possibly have believed if they hadn't seen it lay itself out before their own eyes, day after frakking day.

"So, in short, Mr. Gloomypants, speaking on behalf of Trav, says he will take a powder when he has good reason to, and not before.

"Thank you for your attention to this matter."

Monday, November 15, 2010

Yet Another QBII Partial -- Ho Hum

Another partial request this morning.  Good thing: at least my query doesn't suck sewage.  Bad thing: they say they're 90 days behind, so I'll have to wait that much longer to be told to fuck off.  And they want it by snail mail.

Monday, November 8, 2010

QBII: Another Partial, For What It's Worth

Another partial request this afternoon, for what it's worth.  You can see I have become cynical about these things.  I was just thinking this morning that it's been a couple of months since I sent off those full mss., so it's about time for those rejections to come in.  Well, today's agent told me not to expect to hear back for a few weeks, so I have that much glory time at least.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Query Bomb II: The Partial

QB-II is off to a good start, with a request for a partial the day after.  The request was so enthusiastic, actually, that I was afraid I'd queried a scam artist, so I re-checked my research and, no, she's a for-real agent with loads of experience.  I don't pay much attention to that enthusiasm crap -- not until after she's read it.

UPDATE: She read it, says it reads well, I'll have some takers, but it ain't for her. Hard to articulate why, she said.  Somethin' about voice.  Sigh.  Well, she goes on the list of top 10 agents for being responsive, personal and quick.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Query Bomb: The Sequel

QueryBomb(tm) II launched yesterday, with another 35 queries sent off into the cyberspatial void of Agentland.  Think of QueryBomb II as the Nagasaki to QueryBomb I's Hiroshima, or the Mothra to QB I's Godzilla.

Anyway, this has pretty much shot the bolt -- quick: who knows where that expression comes from? -- with perhaps a few decent snail-mail-only agents left to be queried -- but who wants to deal with those dinosaurs?

Paul S. Levine of his eponymous* literary agency was in with the first rejection, a mere 3 hours, 21 minutes after the query had been sent to him. Good work, Paul!

*Sierra, there's a word for Word-Up Wednesday for you.  (Quick: who knows why what I just wrote will drive Sierra Godfrey crazy?)