Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Week 1

I decided to finally take the time to write out an idea that had been building in my head over the past several months. I felt like a champion as it neared completion. Very proud of every sentence. I was so stoked about finishing something that I threw caution to the wind and sent a query out to 5 agents. 2 no replies, 1 that is out of the office until tomorrow, and 1 request for the full manuscript. Woohoo! I got past the query stage with 1 of the 5! I was on top of the world!! Problem is, the story wasn't even finished really. I put a rushed ending on it and called it done. My biggest downfall, I hurry when I get excited. Blinders on, faith and hope going full tilt. You know the type.
I woke up on Saturday still excited about sending my first manuscript the day before, so I quickly made my way to the dining room table where I do all my writing, and sat down to re-read the email requesting my full manuscript.  For 2 days I rode the cloud of greatness through the hours. Barely worried that I was going to be rejected. In fact, I was certain that I wouldn't be.
Monday morning rolled around and I couldn't believe it. There was a response from the agent already! I opened it only to read,"I couldn't connect in the way that I wanted to." Rejected! Couldn't connect? What does that mean, I couldn't connect? I read the manuscript again trying to see what she did and found it. After sleeping on it for a few days I realized even I couldn't connect with the story and it's MY story!
 Needless to say I have learned a few lessons this past week. First, patience. Second, it's not as good as you think it is, and when they say sleep on it they mean it. Even sit on it for a while. I've edited this blog 4 times already. Maybe I should have sat on this too.

Until my next very brilliant idea.


  1. Way to go Monica! You got this! Becci xo

  2. Thanks for sharing your experience so far... I feel that you will accomplish your goal and get your first of many books published very soon! You are an intelligent and determined woman, and you are working on the patience aspect now. Keep those Creative juices flowing Monica, and You Will Succeed!
    Best of Luck,