I sent a collection of queries today! I’m very proud of myself.
For anyone hoping to publish a book, queries and rejections can be really scary, but I want to remind you all that you can’t sell something no one has seen, and it’s possible for agents to like your work and not want to represent it. I need to remind myself, as I shoot emails into the aether, that a rejection is the elimination of one of ten million options. I should be grateful for rejections, because that’s one more email I won’t have to send again… at least until Ghosts of Whitehall is finished :)
I am starting the query adventure again today! I’ve penned a great letter and now I have to edit up some sample pages, but it’s very exciting and I’m hoping for the best while preparing for the worst :)
As a cool down before bed, I wanted to mess around with this pencil drawing from a while back. It’s Cat, the protagonist from my novel Threadcaster… I miss that novel. I’m looking forward to going back to it someday.
Hello friends and Threadcaster fans. Sorry I’ve been so quiet around here. I’ve been giving the book a little shelf time while I distance myself in prep for my final edit and a return to the query track!
My new project is a novel called “Ghosts of Whitehall”, a ghost hunting story from the ghost’s point of view!
I’ll update you all about the project more later, for now here’s a picture of my main character!
This is one of my favorite pictures of Peter! I am really proud of the way I posed him to show off his height and his thick limbs and also the ground, since he’s turning to stone. I’ve been away from Threadcaster for a few weeks now, and I’m getting a little homesick for my poor characters. Peter here will always be my buddy, I hope he’ll find a way to everyone else’s hearts some day.
My free copy of Threadcaster is on its way to my house! I’m so stoked! It’s shorter than I thought it would be at a couple leaves shy of 300 pages, but I am NOT COMPLAINING! It’s on it’s Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!
Hey all! I’ve had a busy 2014 so far, but today is Threadcaster day. I’m working hard on a brand new first chapter and a couple edits for the last chapter with the goal of sending it into Lulu and getting a hardbound copy printed. I hope this will make the book feel final, and I’ll be able to commit to this as the ultimate version and move it into its next stages.
Go through the link and look for Peter in this awesomely dense and detailed picture. While you’re there, check out 47ness. He’s an amazing talent and deserves so much love for both being a friend this past year and being a seriously skilled artist in general.
I stayed up until 3am editing, but I’m officially in the 300s! 50 pages to go, then some touchups in the front end and I’m “done” with this draft.
I’m upset because although I feel strongly for these people, I can’t help but compare my characters to the books all around me. Will they ever stack up to such heavy competition? Will they ever have champions or be someone’s favorite? This is what I think about as I pen down emotions… is all this authentic enough to properly read?
Will is an Earth Curse from my fantasy novel, Threadcaster. If you can believe it, this kid is only 14 years old. The Earth Curse makes the bones and tissues calcify, swelling up, getting hard, and turning to stone. Will, as a person, is remarkably upbeat for what he is, he is in better shape than a lot of his friends and neighbors, and believes everyone is born to serve a purpose. With purpose he has value, and he sees the value in everyone, because he can see the strengths that they bring to the table.