Tuesday, January 8, 2013

2013: New Beginnings

What does a new year mean to you? For me, it means taking stock of last year's accomplishments and unfinished goals and deciding whether I want to discard any projects or move forward with them, and perhaps even take on some new project.  

We are eight days into 2013 and I have completed my updated query letter and emailed it to two top-notch agents.  When querying, sages advise to start with the best and work your way down the list.  Once you have exhausted agents, start querying publishers.  I am not even close to the end of my query process.  My goal is to continue to submit until I have exhausted all reputable literary agents who accept my genre (psychological thriller).

I have been working on my synopsis, but feel that I need to hone it.  It's choppy and does not adequately represent my writing style.  It’s not that I don’t know what my story is about, because I do, but that I am trying to emulate winning synopses.  Not a bad idea, but I need to apply my unique writing style to create a synopsis that will sell my book.  

As for my writing, I working on my second novel.  I am almost 20,000 words into the story and want it to be submission ready by the completion of my first draft.  This means editing as I go along and making sure that each page is honed to perfection before going to the next page. I have heard of writers who do this well, but I am sure it takes practice.  

I have also been working on some short stories. My goal is to submit to magazines this year.  Just as a reminder to myself to write, finish what I start, refrain from rewriting except to editorial order, get it out on the market and keep it there until it is sold, and start working on something else.  

Happy new year to all, and happy writing! 


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