Well, it’s finished. For the second time in my life, I typed these words on a work longer than a couple of thousand words. My second novel (the first draft at least) is complete. It’s in bad shape (quality always suffers when in dire need of speed), and will need more work than I was originally hoping for, but if it’s on paper (or the computerised version MS Word provides) it can be fixed, revised, and edited. For the next six to eight weeks, I will forget Through Stranger Eyes ever existed, something quite hard since I keep getting ideas or end up scribbling things I need to improve once I start working on it again. But, I made it.
This past week, I’ve been tinkering my query letters (yes, now I have three different versions of a query letter, because, you know, having to choose the best out of two is easy. Why don’t we up the ante and come up with a third? Yay… NOT!) and my synopsis. The list with the potential agents is ready, I’ve separated them into manageable groups of 3-4 agents each, and I’m ready to send out my first batch of queries to the first group and see what indirect information I can extract from their responses (or no response).
I’ll take it easy for the next few months, probably until September, and my posts here will reflect that. One reason is I’m really exhausted. I never thought I would manage to write 3.5k words per day, every day, but I did. It took its toll though. At the moment, I don’t want to look at another Word Document, I don’t want to be anywhere near a keyboard. Expect the content to be a mixture of helpful advice (reblogged) I’ve found on Pinterest and other sites, along with some original material of my own.
Keep writing folks, and take it easy. If you need to ask me anything or talk to me over summer, feel free to comment here, or use the contact form on this blog, or tweet me.