So this whole book thing's pretty overwhelming...
by, 02-26-2009 at 08:15 PM (2075 Views)
I've been at work on this book for the last four months, at least. I believe I started on it back in October and well, I've hit a few bumps along the way. I had complete writers' block for a while and then absolutely no aspiration to continue writing. I got frustrated and overly anxious about everything. I absorbed myself into my work for a while and well, I managed to condense all that work into the last two weeks. I sort of overworked myself a bit and tried to take it easier in the last week or so.
My mom tells me that I'm just like her: stubborn and persistent in that I can't leave things unfinished. I've been trying to get everything ready for a March 1st final deadline and by then, I can go ahead and query a ginormous amount of agents. I figure that I'd give the US market a shot first and see how much I can pull out of them for an advance and at least an acceptance letter. I've been combing two Writer's Market books for both inspiration and places to start from. But now that I'm pretty much close to being able to submit my work as soon as I get a query response letter, I feel it's time to make that leap...
or so I thought.
As I was going through the final outline write-up, I realize that I had the possibility of having not one more but two more chapters to write. is how I feel at this point; why couldn't this set me free already?! I could omit the two new chapters but then I realized that they're pretty vital to getting the word out about both savings funds and price books. No frugalistic diva is going to leave me alone if I don't let everyone know about the beauty of savings funds and price books. Alas, the need to outline and write those chapters is pretty important. Can I write them and have the outlines done by the time I get responses from the query letters? Maybe. Do I want to? Yeah.
Now it's my time to shine!
(This is the part where I cringe at the sheer amount of postage I'm about to spend on my endeavour.)
I figure that with at least ten query letters (complete with SASEs), that's 20 international stamps that I need to purchase. I figure that if I start with ten agents, I can narrow down the rejection letters and then if I don't find a suitable agent, move on from there. Am I nervous about these letters? Absolutely! I just need to learn to focus and draw some deep breaths...
AND NOT FREAK OUT!
Hopefully, they won't paint me as a and offer me a nice so I can all the way to the bank!