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Of dogs and submissions and books

Several things conspired this last week to exhaust me physically and mentally. Who knew dogsitting could occupy so much of your time? Of course this was on top of Easter preparations. And then there was the little matter of submitting a requested partial to an agent.

Naturally, I couldn’t send it off without another thorough read and polish, but then reality smacked me upside the head. If I receive a rejection on this, I can’t tell myself it is because of a weak query letter or so-so synopsis. Those two have already passed this agent.  So, believe me when I say it was a bit stressful to hand that mailer over to the postal clerk. My writing is on the line.

To overcome that frightening revelation, I came home and queried two more agents. Hope for the best; prepare for the worst.

I will spend most of this week’s “writing time” reading. I have the privilege of returning the favor of a beta-read (not for my recent reader) and I look forward to learning as I give. I also hope to finish one of the books I’m halfway through (yeah, really.) And maybe I’ll get caught up on my blog reading … if you don’t all decide to post every day this week.

See ya’ around.

9 thoughts on “Of dogs and submissions and books”

  1. This is exciting!!

    Good that you’re continuing to query, though. Exactly as you say, hope for the best and prepare for the worst. But the fact that you’ve been asked to send a partial brings you one step closer..

    I’m keeping my fingers crossed!!

    I hope you guys can all function with the crossed fingers (and toes) because I have no idea how long it will be before the agent gets around to reading my chapters. But I do appreciate knowing you’re pulling for me.


  2. *chomp*chomp* I’m biting my nails too. I don’t know how you manage to think about anything else. I would be so scatter brained waiting for a response. Good Luck, I have my nubby fingers crossed too.

    I confess that I am having a hard time concentrating on anything else. But it might be a month or two before she reads my submission, so I guess I’d better try harder to focus on something else.”


  3. “… if you don’t all decide to post every day this week.”

    Oh, shoot! You just reminded me it’s Tuesday and time for my weekly post.

    You would think it would be easy to keep up with a once a week post, but alas, that is not the case.

    As for the partial, we are all rooting for you.

    Thanks, Tricia. For me, writing blog posts is like writing anything, the longer you put it off the harder it is to get started. I come up with an idea almost every day, but few of those ever amount to anything, still I try.


  4. “… if you don’t all decide to post every day this week.”

    Guilty as charged. But feel free to stop in when you have time. I promise not to pout.

    I agree with Dayner. I don’t know how you can think of anything but the query process right now. We are all waiting right here beside (in front) of you. I’ve even managed to cross my toes.

    Wow, Ms. Olivia, you can post daily even with your fingers and toes crossed? I’ll catch up eventually. Thanks for all the support.


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