I found a four-leaf clover in my back yard, which means it's almost spring.
Granted, where I live we barely have two seasons, summer and fall. Still, I'm feeling optimistic about the upcoming change.
On the book front, I'm about to enter the Query phase of my manuscript. (Yes, that's Query with a capital Q)
This is the nerve wrenching, anxiety inducing, heart breaking stage of trying to get published. In other words, I'm trying to find an agent who loves my story and my characters as much as I do, and who will want to guide/join me in this journey of sharing my imagination with the world. While it is heartbreaking to get a rejection, if I can find that one agent who will adore Amniese and Llyr with the same enthusiasm I have, then it will be a grand success!
So, it is with a deep breath, and fingers crossed, I send my story out into the query world.
In the end, if things really don't work out, I'll pocket Shilon and move on to the next story, which I'm currently editing.
Yes, that's right. Rejection doesn't mean it's the end. Instead it could be a new beginning. I certainly won't run out of ideas any time soon (thanks to a severely overactive imagination), and I won't give up either. I respect those agents who spend so much of their time trying to find something they fall in love with as well as their professional opinions of what works for them and the market. I will graciously accept their opinions and be thankful they took the time to give me a chance. Then, hopefully, I will find the right agent to represent me to the right publishing house.
It's all a magical formula that takes trial and error to achieve, and someday I hope to achieve it. Until then, I'll keep trudging on. Wish me luck