It's official; I finished my trilogy. Three whole manuscripts now sit upon my table, fat, happy, edited and ready to be sent out in the great wide world. Oh what a day when I put my pen down (finally) and declared, "It is finished!" with dramatic aplomb. Of course, you know as well as I do, that was not the end. Oh, no, dear reader, that was not the end.
To finish writing a novel, composing words from thought to flesh, is a taxing process. Many hours of sleep were lost, relationships deprived, my lungs went without fresh oxygen for countless afternoons on end. the first book alone is over 500 pages long. (Yes I have been told I'm long winded and yes, I'm OK with that.)
The next step is to put all those edits into the manuscript via computer and reprint them. All three of them. How many reams of paper this will require, I shall not state, for fear an army of Ents may calculate how many trees sacrificed their precious lives for my humble tale. Just know it will be a lot. Staples loves me.
While inputting these edits, market research will also be done. Not my favorite part. Why? It must be done. I must search for agents and publishers who are willing to take a chance on a yet-to-be-known author and her Ent-angering stack of paper/manuscript. And this I am happy to do. It's the next step I fear the most: the composition of the query.
the bane of every writer's existence. The query is a mysterious, frightening, yet absolutely necessary document that must accompany every manuscript which is given wings. They hold the fate of dreams in the palm of their one-page-only hands. I've read examples of great queries, terrible queries, and I've even composed a couple myself. But I'm still at a loss as how to begin.
And so, dear reader, I leave you for another week in order to immerse myself in the strange world of submissions. I will be doing a lot of research; I will be doing a lot of transferring of edits from printed manuscript to computer file. And I will be learning (again) how to compose a query so fascinating, so intriguing, that at least one agent, at least one publisher, will read all the way to the last sentence and take that chance.
"Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing from you soon."