Reading (mostly)

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April 12, 2008 by Tracey S. Rosenberg

Yeah, that’s what the blog has been like lately. The writing submissions have all been rejections (except the Leaf one, which I am glad to have) and I’m going through the complete MS and trying to judge what needs work. Which is: most of it. And that does not make for interesting blog reading.

I did draft most of a query letter, all but 1.5 paragraphs, and 1.0 of those paragraphs are ‘my previous writing’ – which is the fun part, as ‘here is why I’m wonderful’ is always easier than ‘here is my novel distilled to five sentences’. I feel happier for that.

However, agent Kristin Nelson reminds us all that there needs to be a completed full manuscript – she’s referring to pitch sessions, but based on something Jennifer Jackson said, it’s clear this also holds true for any first-time novelist submitting an agent query.

So while it’s a great psychological advantage (to me, at least) to know that I have a query letter draft that I feel comfortable with – and a short synopsis draft, as well – I’ve got to get back to the ms.

Good thing most of the books I’ve been reading lately have made me give up halfway through, huh!

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One thought on “Reading (mostly)

  1. Terry Finley says:

    Keep it up.
    I’m proud of you.

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I live, work, and write in Edinburgh. I travel to other places as much as I can. To contact me, email writingmostly at gmail dot com.

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CURRENTLY READING: The Ginseng Hunter by Jeff Talarigo.

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