Sunday, September 20, 2009

The first rejection


There is no title for today.

I officially sent out a few agent queries yesterday and I got my first rejection back today. Nothing flowery. Just a simple: "Not for me, but thanks." That's it. At least it didn't take four hundred form letter words to let me down that gently. I suppose I sound bitter, but I don't mean it to be. This particular agent wasn't anywhere near the top of my list and I haven't sent my queries to all of my top picks yet.

I have to write a summary of the book to send to those cats. That's an endeavor all in itself. I have a half-way acceptable 3 page synopsis at this time, but I need to make it tighter and more active. Then, from what I've heard through the grape vine I have to write a five page one too. I'm not bothering with that quite yet. I'll make one if someone asks me to send me one.

I suppose that's running into the process a little blindly, but I'd rather be blind than too stressed and nervous to even put one foot in front of the other. I don't want to end up sounding like one of those people I read on forums: too obsessed with getting the proper percentage of character chemistry, climax, and suspense in the first chapter to ever move on to paragraph two.

To make life better I have discovered http://www.playlist.com and it makes me happy. I've put a playlist for my book in my profile.