Monday, March 14, 2016

March Update: Ephemera and Agents

Beware the ides of March!

Only not really. Honestly, this ides of March promises to be relatively uneventful.

Unlike the last month.

I got my freelance editing work done, which was great, but then Jack and I both got sick. He has pneumonia and is still fighting, but I finally feel better, at least. We're slowly getting back into things.

Mostly these days I've been dealing with mud from giant puppy paws. Come on, spring. Give me a break here. I really, really need an office so I don't spend so much time sitting at my kitchen table thinking about doing dishes and mopping up after the puppy.

But it's not quite time for that yet. I'm making progress as a freelance editor and aspiring novelist, but I still have a long way to go before I can justify an office.

Which brings me to novel progress. The bad news is, I haven't done much work on Towers of Kansas. Once I got the scenes in order and wrote detailed notes about what to put in the next chapter to make it fit into my outline, I put it away.

The good news is, I am basically finished with Monsters of Lawrence. I have done the huge structural edit based on beta reader feedback. I read back through it to make sure all those changes fit. I went back through it yet again to copy edit it so that it's pretty damn polished. As long as my two theta readers don't call me out on anything glaring, it's done. It's ready.

And I have already written a query letter, a short synopsis, and sent queries to five agents.

I felt like I was going to throw up for a few days after that. It's been a week. I know the next 5-7 weeks are going to drag on forever while I await the inevitable rejections. But. I have started the process. Monsters of Lawrence is that much closer to being birthed into the world.

I need to figure out what project to work on next. I will probably hold off on ToK for a little while. As much as I love my characters for the world of Mythos books, I am feeling quite a bit of fatigue. Which I guess isn't surprising, since I've read MoL at least ten times, ToK at least five so far and it's not even done. Well, it's done in my head. I just need to write it. And ideas for the third and final book (tentatively Scions of Mythos) keep coming so that a lot of the book is planned even if I don't know exactly what all happens yet.

But. I'm thinking about writing another adventure novella (once I have five of those, I'm going to start putting those out under a pseudonym and see what happens), and then it's either Online Dating for Demons or Druid Wars. Probably Demons. I'm not sure I'm ready to tackle Druid Wars yet.

For the record, the Shadowhunters TV series kinda makes me want to gouge my eyes out. Not because it's bad, but because every week I'm like...shit. MoL totally looks like I wrote Shadowhunters fanfiction. And not even the sexy kind. It makes me depressed. I can only hope that because the show is doing so well that maybe agents/publishers will want more of the same kind of thing.

If not, I'll just self-publish it and hope I have better luck with one of my other novels.

Can't ever sit still. Gotta keep writing. Gotta keep editing.

Wow, this entry got a little long. Next month maybe I'll spend some time talking about music and writing. I paid for Amazon Prime and I've really been enjoying all of the music. I've been building soundtracks for different writing projects. It's been fun. And inspiring.