Hi everyone, how are you all?
Lots of things have been happening in the past fortnight writing wise that I would love to share with you.
The lovely Julie Israel and I swapped query letter synopsis’. She did a wonderful critique which really helped me a lot. She has a great blog and if you don’t follow her you should go do so now here
The final draft of my YA epic fantasy is coming along much slower than I would like. I’ve only gotten through a few chapters this fortnight, which means I’m only just over half way through. I was hoping I’d be closer to finishing by now.
I have made good progress on the YA urban fantasy that I have decided to rewrite, getting through a good 100 pages. At the moment I am reading through it to see what I am going to keep and what I am going to slash.
I have had some good bad news on the short story front. I sent a story to a magazine that had a call for fae stories. I got a reply the next day which is one of the fastest replies I have ever gotten. From my experience, a fast reply usually means rejection, and my story got rejected, BUT for the first time I got a PERSONALIZED rejection!!!
The editor said they ENJOYED my writing voice, and that they would look forward to seeing future submissions from me. *happy dancing*
I have never felt so good about a rejection in all my life.
I have set myself a new goal to send one short story away per fortnight, at least until the stories I have already written are sent away (and accepted). The past two writerly updates I have been able to report that I sent a short story away so I thought I’d best keep going while I’m on a roll. My short stories will never get sold just sitting on my computer.
Hopefully next fortnight I’ll be able to report that I am least almost finished with this final draft. Because I am editing this draft hard copy I will have to type up the corrections when I’m finished, which will take a fair bit of time, and then I’ll have to read through once more to make sure I have put in the corrections correctly. I am hoping to start query agents by the end of July.
That’s about all from me. How is your writing going? I’d love to hear from you guys.
Happy Writing 🙂