Feb. 18, 2019
I can’t believe it. After completing my third manuscript, after writing several iterations of a synopsis plus polishing up options for my query letter, I’ve pitched to my very first literary agent!
I have no idea what will happen but I feel so damn optimistic. I love the words that I’ve written and I know some woman out there needs to hear them, maybe to do some introspective reflection or maybe just to laugh and dream. Either way, my words are coming and I’m going to keep my passion-fy family in the loop the entire way. Send a prayer up for me. It’s just the beginning…
No really, listen. My goal for fall 2018 was to start pitching to literary agents. I have my top five list, what they are looking for and what to send them. I was on par to get things our right after Thanksgiving but what had happened was…
A wake-up call. And not just a normal “get up,” it was a “you need to wake up and put your best foot out there” type of alarm.
Here’s how it started. When you’re pitching to literary agents, there are several pieces of materials that they like to have to review your work;
- A query letter
- The first three chapters or a portion of your book, and
- A synopsis
Each piece is for different reasons. A query letter introduces your work including your word count, the genre (multiple if they fit), the audience and the pitch. The pitch is why that literary agent should even read the first line of your book; what makes your piece stand out from the million on potential authors; and how it can make money.
Submitting the first three chapters are self-explanatory but you want to ensure that they are edited and hopefully you’ve had a few beta readers to really hone in your piece.
And finally the synopsis, which is a full summary of your book — beginning to end. Usually, this is a 2-5 page document that speaks to the plot, narrative arc, and how the piece ends. Yep, you’re giving away the book but this helps agents to examine the potential of the book in depth.
The hope is after all these items are reviewed, the agent wants to read the full book…and then the real journey begins. So, in saying all this, I’m getting there and plan to start pitching in this month.
Are you in pitching mode too? Here are a few articles that I found helpful along this journey.
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Sometimes you literally have to stop and smell the roses or take in the sunrise, or people watch in the city, or whatever musing fits your mood.
Life doesn’t stop moving but we can take a moment, or two, to take it all in. Musing for me is much like meditating and reflection. I’m able to breathe in where I am or where I’m going and exhale where I’ve been and what I’ve learned. I analyze what I see and how it may or may not affect me and I reflect on what I’ve seen and how different things are now.
On my channel, I’m putting together several moments of musing where I hope you can stop and enjoy the view with me.
I know we are on Day 14 of NaNoWriMo, and you have a word count to hit but why don’t you take a moment to muse just a little bit. Step outside, look out the window or click on the video above. Take it all in to get even more creativity out.
So how did your first day of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) go? Did you hit your word count or naw? For me, it’s “or naw” and here’s why…
Instead of trying to hit a daily word count, I’m adjusting my strategy to a weekly word count. To be exact, approx 2,000 words a week. Want to know why, because I’m a realist. I have too many other roles that I have to stay on top of in life, so I can’t allow myself to be stress out daily that I didn’t hit a goal.
What else am I doing differently? I’ve actually plot planned with notecards to help pull out details surrounding the storyline. I don’t like doing outlines, so this allows me to organically hit the areas I feel like writing about when I want to write about them. It also helps to ensure that I’m always supporting my overall plot.
My NaNoWriMo goal is to knock out three chapters for my book focused on my childhood in St. Louis.
What’s your goal and how did your first day go?
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