Archive for December, 2010


So far, my progress in the publishing industry has been characteristically slow and hard. I’ve spent almost three years working on the same book.

After the first draft, I thought I was a writing superhero and began to query agents left and right without too much thought as to whether or not they would be a good fit for me. Or me for them. Surprisingly, I hooked several of the agents with my query letter and they asked for samples of my writing. One even asked for the full manuscript to be sent over.

Almost immediately after sending them a sample, I was turned down – rejected. Most of them claimed the writing just wasn’t “convincing” enough.

I now believe that meant the writing just wasn’t good enough.

So I’m at it again. Rewriting, changing my POV (point of view) from first to third person, switching out my main character’s name and revamping the descriptions. I’m almost done with the rewrite and I’m fighting every cell in my body to query at least one agent. This time I just KNOW the book is good enough. But that is what I thought two years ago and got rejected by nearly every YA agent out there.

I must, somehow, teach myself how to be patient.

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I know, I just know that I’ve eaten a mango before. But I hated them. This was like, eleven years ago. I used to steal bites of them out of jars when I worked for the produce department at Wal-Mart. I don’t know why, but I was always so hungry at work and didn’t bring money (or didn’t have the money) to buy my lunch. So, I’m not proud to say I stole food.

But now I find myself in a different predicament. While grocery shopping the other day, I noticed mangoes and pineapple on sale. Without thinking, I bagged up several of each and brought them home. My kids saw the bright fruit sitting on the counter and asked for some. Sure, I told them, that’s what I bought them for. I handed them each a mango – whole – and when they bit into it whole-heartedly, I watched as their faces grimaced with distaste. Was I supposed to skin the mango?

And on related thoughts…how the heck do you core a pineapple?

Okay, since you’re reading this, you are probably wondering why the heck I’m talking about the new year. Well, I’m not really. I wanted to start out the blog introducing myself and talking about some of the things that I would like to accomplish within the near future. I didn’t want to title the blog “My Goals” because that has too much of a Freshmen-in-college feel, so since I’m somewhat in the holiday spirit, I decided to bring a festive feel to my page.

First of all, before I talk about some of the things that I hope to accomplish, I want to just throw out a few words about my life. I’m not yet thirty and I already have the life that I’ve dreamed of. I have a supportive and wonderful husband who works hard to provide for his family: a wife who makes pennies from her writing and three head-strong and lively sons. I actually get to stay home with them and work on my writing. There is truly nothing else that I could ask for in life.

But since my ancestry comes partly from Ireland, I try to follow the age-old addage: May you get all your wishes but one, so you always have something to strive for. So here are my wishes/resolutions/goals/dreams…whatever you deem to call them:

1. Continute to strive for a content and sucessful family.

2. Find time every day to write and read.

3. Finish my millionth draft of my first novel.

4. Find a agent for said novel.

5. Entice more than a handful of people to subscribe to this blog.

6. Find a way to make a living from my writing.

Okay, okay. Maybe I’m being greedy here. But I like having a lot of options. But, currently, my most immediate goal (or you could call it an obsession, but that discussion is for a different time, a different post) would be to watch the finale of “The Sing Off.”

I’m all about the Street Corner Symphony.

Comment me and let me know who you’re going for.

More later,

Kelly

This blog will entail blurbs about my adventures attempting to sell my first novel in the publishing industry. Enjoy!