Still submitting

So, my submission count is up to 20 so far.

It’s been school holidays so I haven’t had as much time to work on it.  And surprisingly, it takes quite a while to prepare each submission.  Before sending off to each agent, you have to read through their whole submissions page to make sure you get all the information on how to submit to them specifically.  Some of the sites ramble a bit and don’t include all the info in one place, plus when you look up the individual agent you have chosen to submit to, they sometimes have different guidelines of how they what you to go about it.

So yes… it takes a while.  Because as the agents sites are keen to tell you, they’ll delete your submission if you don’t do it right.

I’m keen to start my next book (the first of another series, not YA this time, kind of a dystopian/future/climate change setting, for which I’ll be using GOT for my research), but I feel like I should make more of an effort to perfect my first book, The Muse, before I begin.  The Muse is on Wattpad, in a poorly edited and rambling form (I wasn’t really the best writer when I wrote it), but the engaging characters and storyline are there (or so I’ve been led to believe through the lovely comments from my wonderful readers- Thanks guys!)  So I might spend a month or two perfecting that and the sequel, The Cafeteria Lawn, before putting them both on Amazon to sell as print on demand books.

What do you think of that as an idea?

I feel bad though, because if I did this, it would mean not continuing to post the rest of The Cafeteria Lawn for free on Wattpad.  And I know how pissed-off my readers would be, because they were getting increasingly edgy when I took months between chapter updates. But sorry guys, I need to make money somehow. 🙂

The idea is to get all the people who loved The Muse on Wattpad, to go across to Amazon and buy the sequel.

Other than the time consuming edit (while still earning no money), the only other problem I can see is the fact that I think there would be a copyright issue if I used the current covers.  Yeah, you may recognise who that is.  So, I have decided to do my own sketch of the current cover for The Muse (thanks again to my friend Mia for her awesome idea) because as far as I’ve read, an artistic representation of a photo or painting doesn’t breach copyright. 😀 yay!  But the cover of The Cafeteria lawn will have to be redesigned, it’s current state is a bit of a half-hearted effort.

So, in conclusion, my next few weeks will consist of:

  • Continuing to submit The Quadrants to every agent on the planet
  • Doing an extensive edit of The Muse and The Cafeteria Lawn
  • Doing a sketch of the cover of The Muse
  • Um… ok, and finishing Mia’s mum’s painting which she paid me for 3 years ago, lol. Sorry!!! (I’m currently re-setting up a corner of the lounge as my new painting zone, but I am scared that wet paintings might be in danger of cushions thrown by boys).

 

If you are currently submitting, or just about to, let me know how it’s going in the comments below. 🙂

 

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About Rohsaan McInnes

I am an aspiring author and this blog will take you along on my journey to getting published. I live in Victoria, Australia, in a seaside town where you can walk to the main street and can hear nothing but the waves at night (plus someone's cockatoo 2 or 3 blocks over-which incidentally, I like). Oh, and did I mention I have four children. :-)
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8 Responses to Still submitting

  1. rayneadams says:

    I’m in the early process of submitting queries too. It’s exhausting and, at times, demoralizing, so I started writing a new book too, just to keep my mind off things.

    What’s GOT? Not Game of Thrones, is it?

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    • Yes, demoralizing is the perfect description of it, lol. I’ve recently decided that I will only do submissions before midday, then I go to the gym/run, and then continue with my editing, that way, by the end of the day, I’ve time to get my morale back up.
      Yes, GOT is Game of Thrones. 🙂
      What genre is your book, and how many submissions have you made? And what’s the word count, out of interest.

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      • rayneadams says:

        YA urban fantasy, 64,000 words. I’ve sent three queries–two responded with rejections, the other I never heard back :/ I’ll take it as a no. I’m enrolled in the WD query letter workshop and should hear back today from the agent running the class about my query letter, so we’ll see what she says! *fingers crossed*

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    • How did the WD query letter workshop go? Did you get some useful advice out of it?

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      • rayneadams says:

        I loved the workshop and would highly recommend it if you have the extra cash. It’s hosted by an agency (I think they switch up some, so different agencies will teach it), and if there’s an agent you think might be interested in your work you can request to have them as your “teacher”. Essentially there’s an online video where an agent will walk you through X Y and Z, and then there’s an online Q&A later that week where you post your question. It’s really helpful. And then you send in your work to be critiqued. The first ten pages seminar the agent looked at two drafts–my original pages and then my revisions per her suggestions. The query, synopsis, 5 pages was only one critique, but it was still really helpful, especially bc you’re getting feedback from a seasoned agent, you know?

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  2. RSGullett says:

    Don’t give up. You and the right agent/publisher will find each other. 😄

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