So, I thought I'd get back in the swing by announcing that I've officially entered Query Wars!!!!!!!!!!!
Well...actually...I entered 2 weeks ago.
I know, I'm a horrible blogger for keeping you guys in the dark.
But...I was a little afraid to post about it. I've heard querying can be a long and frustrating process and I was concerned the announcement would be a little anti-climactic. But it has been a VERY interesting two weeks, and some things are moving a lot quicker than I thought they would so it's time to let you guys know.
I can't tell you what response I've gotten yet--and I know that sounds coy--but I can say that I *might* have BIG news soon, and I promise to announce it the second I do.
BUT...in the meantime, I thought I'd share the story of how I ended up in the Query pool in the first place, since, as some of you might remember, I was more than a little reluctant to jump in.
Really, it came down to three things:
(have you noticed how all shenanigans seem to happen there?)
(spork wielding ninja who's NOT afraid to kick my butt)
(yes that's right. THE Bree Despain!)
Amazing author of The Dark Divine
Yeah...nothing in my life is ever normal. Especially when Twitter is involved.
Here's how it all went down:
Poor C.J. has been stuck with me since I took her query workshop (which is AWESOME, btw) and sometimes I email her for advice. So I bombed her with one of my ENDLESS emails asking her opinion of my general querying readiness, and the next thing I know, she hunts me down on Twitter with a new hashtag just for me: #hitsend.
So we're tweeting back and forth (mostly me whining and stressing and panicking and C.J. threatening me with Sporks of Doom and telling me to #hitsend) and--as so often happens on Twitter--our conversation acquired some Twitter Stalkers. (C.J. has some SERIOUS Twitter minions) Pretty soon I had 4 or 5 people hounding me to #hitsend and I'm trying to fend them all off with my insecure doubts, and they're tweeting back with various toilet and excrement related metaphors (it's amazing how many different ways a group of writers can say "crap or get off the pot") Which is when Bree Despain entered the fray.
Not gonna lie--having a writer I admire use her tweets to tell me to query had QUITE an impact. And, it brought the Twitter Stalkers in FORCE. I was flooded with so many @replies I couldn't keep up with them all and #hitsend was coming dangerously close to trending. And right when I was considering signing off Twitter, dying my hair, and fleeing to Mexico to escape the pressure, Bree dropped the ultimate bomb and announced that she would not resume her work on The Dark Divine 2 until I #hitsend (I'm sure she was kidding, but it was enough to cause the @replies to double).
So...after a few more minutes of hemming and hawing (and gawking at how many new followers I was getting because of the #hitsend fiasco--I seriously jumped like 30 Twitter followers in one hour) I did the thing I thought I'd never have the courage to do. I proofread my queries one final time, and I #hitsend. And it's been a crazy, roller coaster two weeks ever since.
Now, I can't be sure of course, but I *think* that might be one of the strangest "how I found the courage to query stories" out there--but you tell me. How did you scrape together the courage to #hitsend (or mail those envelopes if you're going the snail mail route)? And if you haven't gotten there yet, how do you think you'll find the confidence to do it? Or will you need me to sick the Twitter minions on you? ;)