Here we are, last day of April, and May Day is less than a day away. At the imaginary school Annie and I created, the Mórrígan Coven is preparing tomorrow’s Beltane celebration, and Victoria Salomon is getting ready to encourage eager young 1st Year students to fly to a point 5,280 feet above the 5,268 foot peak of Mount Katahdin. It’s going to be a lot of fun for all, and a day of relaxation before everyone gets into their finals.
A hell of a lot has gone down in the last 30 days.
I go back and look at what I was writing about on the 1st day of the month, and it seems I was recounting all the stuff I’d done the 91 days before. Wow. I am nothing if not consistent.
I’ve finished the edits on Couples Dance, so over the weekend . . . yes, I was looking for publishers. I chatted with My Muse while doing a search, and I showed her a few things that I was looking at, and I ended up finding seven publishers that I thought could be good fits for my little–well, not-so-little story these days. But I have them, just as I said I would. Now, while I’m editing Echoes, it’s time to start on the query letter, and start sending them out.
This is the moment I’ve been steeling myself for: the point in the penmonkey’s live when they’ll send something out with great hopes, and get back that email telling them, “Hey, looks good, but . . .” I’m ready for it. In another life I’d have burned the manuscript after getting a rejection letter (not unlike someone I know who threw every drawing from their portfolio into the Chicago River when they were told all their sketches pretty much looked the same), but now . . . naw. Not gonna happen. I’ll just send it off to the next joint on the list.
Oh, and Scrivener: I love that you let me pull in the website as I appears, and gives me an active link back if there’s something I need to see. Then I’ll attach my query letter to the note card of the website, and when I get a message back, I’ll either type “Rejected” and copy that letter to the next site, or I’ll go on my Facebook author’s page and tell everyone the date of acceptance.
Yeah, good times.
It feels so very real now. I feels like, “Yeah, this is what you should be doing.” Maybe it’s good that I’m editing Echoes right now, because that’s a story all about what should have been, and what there is, and at the moment that feeling going around in a very big way. Like I said long ago, 2012 is going to see change for me. I have a story coming out very, very soon, and that’s step one. I’ve finished up a lot of writing, and there is that to send out.
And there is more to write, that’s for sure.
Tomorrow I’m going to write about the people who are publishing my erotic story. How good they’ve been to me. And how some douchebag is trying to ruin that all.
Yeah, it’s going to be fun.