Tuesday, February 21, 2006

The Deed Is Done. Now What?

The sun has set on the era of Karen crushed, sulking, hiding, endlessly rewriting and re-editing Heirs of Mâvarin, making excuses not to send it out again because what if it's rejected again?

Okay, yes, it's a corny metaphor, this sunset thing. But I took these sunset pictures as I left the Cherrybell post office tonight, having finally mailed three-chapters-plus-synopsis to Tor. So it's kind of an appropriate metaphor anyway.

It's been eight and a half years since I last sent this thing out, also to Tor. The only marketing attempts I've made in recent years were five queries I sent to agents in 2002. I got three form rejections of my book, one form letter that said the agency wasn't currently looking at screenplays, and no reply at all from the fifth agency. I don't quite know which agencies they were, because the info was stored on a Writer's Market Online page I can't get to.

Oh, please, please, please like what you see, Nielsen Haydens! Look! The envelope has real, printed labels! And no hair!



Carly said...

Those photos are amazing! Stunning and impressive. You impress me, and I am proud of you.

julie said...

Just want to say good luck ... we're all counting on you! ;-)

bea said...

The sunset was beautiful... I'm praying that the right pair of eyes fall on your story... it's like you've taken that step into the dark place. You are doing what many fear to do, step into the unknown, or for you, maybe it is the known, for you have been there before. I'm praying that this time you find yourself soaring to new heights!

JessN said...


Stop fretting. You've made the ultimate step, and we're all sending little prayer capsules up for you. Sometimes God calls us to take a leap of a large cliff if for no other reason than to allow him to show you that you can trust him.

Of course, this is all stuff you've heard before no doubt. Just know that you are in our thoughts. I can't wait to see what good things are in store for you.

Becky said...

Good luck!!! I've been a terrible beta-reader. I read too slowly. LOL I still owe you my thoughts and editorial comments on book 1.