Wednesday, July 7, 2010


Well, I don't have an awe-inspiring post today. Nope. Nothing. Nada. Sorry, such is life sometimes. Ooooh, my co-workers aren't going to like me today. I feel a snarky kinda day in my immediate future. Ha!

Anyhow, I have five chapters left on the word elimination project. Five chapters. Three day weekend coming up. Two chapters per day. Hey! Yes, I should finish the edits by this weekend. In fact, I should get at least two chapters out of the way before Friday.

I would have had more done, but Harry Potter kidnapped me and made me help him look for the Chamber of Secrets. Then, Tuesday night is Wipeout night. I love that show. It makes me laugh. I normally set Tuesday night's as my night to just relax and not write. In the summer there is Wipeout and during the main television season there's NCIS. I don't watch much tv at all, so I figure I'm allowed a night here or there. Okay, I do love Dr. Who, but that comes on Saturday nights, and I'm done writing by nighttime on the weekends.

Once I finish the edits I'll begin the lovely stage of crafting the semi-perfect query. I already have the one line hook - I think that's the hardest part - and I have Elana's e-book, so I'm ready, set, go!!! Of course, I need to drop by and research the agents in my folder and see if any new ones have dropped into the agentsphere over the last few months. Research. Research. Research.

I'm also, because of the potential niche factor of my book, going to research some of the indie and small press publishers. Thankfully, there are sites out there that have done the research for me and the info should be readily at hand as to the validity of these publishers. The good thing: I have bought books published by some of these publishers. Woo-hoo! Points for me.

Now, for some of the publishers, I can submit directly to them without an agent. That (hey, Tess, how's it going? Ha!) is not my intent. I'm going the agent route - if I can find one to rep my stuff. But . . . it's nice to know there are other options out there for an aspiring writer with a potential niche book. I'm just saying . . .

Have a great day.



Shannon Whitney Messenger said...

First of all--New Follower! *waves*

I found you through Elana's blog--and I'm not sure how I've missed you for so long, but I've found you now! Hope you don't mind the cyberstalking. I love connecting with other writers.

Good luck with the editing. That is my least favorite part of writing. It's so...tedious. And Elana's book is an awesome resource for querying. I also did an online workshop (I like to be over prepared) but they both worked. I signed with an agent in March.

Okay, I'm rambling. It was nice to meet you! I can't always comment, cause I do a lot of blog hopping at work. But I'm an excellent lurker, so if you don't see me, that doesn't mean I'm not around. Have a great day!

Scott said...

Shannon – welcome. I cyberstalk and lurk all the time. I think it’s all part of blogging. Or, it could be some psychological disorder. I haven’t quite figured it out . . . yet. I’ll let you know when I do. If it is a psychological disorder, well . . . see you in therapy! Ha!

Congrats on signing with an agent. I’ll be pulling out Elana’s ebook in a week or so as I begin the query endeavor. I’m wishing myself the best of luck! Ha!

Michelle Davidson Argyle said...

Wow, you're getting so close! Good luck on getting the query stage together. You're ahead of me on that one. :)

Scott said...

Michelle - close and yet so far away. I hate writing the query letter. Yes, I know, it's all part of the process. Sigh! Onward and upward . . .