Well, my novel is done and querying has begun!
I’m not going to say much about the process (as I have read that is frowned upon), but what I will say is I have started sending out queries. Now it is just a matter of time, and a matter of redrafting my query over and over and over again, until I entice an agent to represent me and my manuscript… I hope. Querying is quite a different experience, and a little daunting, especially for someone as introverted as me. But I shall prevail, and I’ll endeavour to learn as much as I can while I’m at it.
In the meantime, I’ll be spending lots of catch-up time with the kiddies (I’m ashamed to say, over the last three months of intense revision I was more distracted than usual… that’s the one thing I dislike about writing), doing a few overdue reviews, and figuring out what my next project will be.
At the moment, I’m thinking I will concentrate on building my publishing credits for a while, and submit short stories, flash fiction, etc. to literary journals. I just need to figure out what I’m going to write about. That’s the hardest part for me – coming up with ideas. While I know exactly where my series of novels is headed (at least six books worth of plot), I have no idea what I should focus my short fiction on. Oh well, I guess that means I have many hours of thinking, brain storming, and tearing my hair out ahead of me…
Holly Lisle has a wonderful free course of how to write flash fiction, so I will probably start with that. And of course, I will do lots of reading, short stories in particular (so I can learn how they are structured*).
Anyways, wish me luck!
* One thing I’ve learned over the years (and this applies to both academic and fiction writing) is that STRUCTURE IS KEY. If you have a good structure to hang your prose on, you are half-way there. The other critical thing is cutting, but that is topic enough for a whole other blog post.