Going For It

Hey Everybody,

I know I haven’t been around much lately, so I thought I’d give you a quick update of what I’ve been doing lately.
I have a bunch of agents to query this week – I may still try to post but I have 35 agents to hit and I want to get this done this week.
 
So…if you don’t see much of me, that’s where I am and what I’m doing.
 
Something has happened to me lately- maybe I’ve realized  how much I want this (to get published) or something. I don’t know. But last weekend, I spent 5 hours poring over lists of agents and came up with 35 to submit to. I know it’s a longshot, as is everything you really want in life but I’ll never know if I don’t try. And I really want to try. That’s probably the biggest change. Maybe in the past I’ve been satisfied with just writing. I do love to write and I do it all the time and it is satisfying. But now, it seems I also want to be read – widely. Is it an ego thing? I don’t know. I suppose it could be – but maybe it’s really just a natural progression. Maybe I’ve finally decided that maybe I have something to say and that maybe others would like to know about that. Or maybe that I’ve decided I’m good enough to give it a shot. It’s like the beautiful butterfly that weaves in and out of the garden though, if you just watch it – it will entertain you for hours – but if you try to catch it, it eludes you. I suppose that isn’t the best analogy but hopefully you get the idea.
 
While all my friends have been supportive and encouraging when it comes to writing – and frankly, that counts for a whole hell of a lot. I’ve had two friends in particular who have really helped push me over my apathy or whatever the heck it was who I want to say, thank you, to.

Thanks Jess, for the deadline, reading the novel, all the really great things you’ve said and all the good honest feedback. I don’t think I would have gotten the ball rolling if you hadn’t just jumped in and helped me push myself.

Thanks Andrea, for wanting to help. For calling me out of the blue and offering your marketing savvy and taskmastery to me. For believing in me and telling me you think I’m the ‘real deal’.

It’s amazing people – just having someone to tell me what to do (read guidance) has seemed to make all the difference. In less than a month I’ve completed the synopsis, the query, cleaned up the manuscript and found 35 agents, plus about 20 contests I want to enter. This week, I query agents. Next week, I tweak stories, the week after that, I enter contests – and so it goes.

Suddenly, I am a mean, lean writing/marketing machine and it feels frickin great. I’m loading up my computer with mega RAM, getting a laptop (used and cheap) as well. I haven’t made this kind of progress in years or maybe ever. The postage, paper and ink is probably gonna break me but I don’t care. It’s what I want.
 
And you want to know something really funny? One of the things that is really motivating me is that I want to start a new project – a new novel. And I guess I don’t feel that I can until I get this thing moving. Does that make sense? I had all but given up on it – weird huh?

Anyway, that’s what I’m doing and I’m really glad and thankful that I’m doing it. It will probably mean that the blogging won’t be as compulsive as it’s been, I may not post as much or visit as much. But I’ll still be around. You’ll still see me. And I’ll keep everyone updated on any and all progress – if you want me to.

And too, I wanted to thank all you guys – for coming and reading and commenting and encouraging me into thinking that there are people out there who want to read what I write. That there is some value there. It has meant the world to me. You’ve no idea how much all of you have made a difference in my life in that way. I love you all.

Annie

32 thoughts on “Going For It

  1. Oh my gourd, so you’re actually going to be a published author if all goes well? That’s awesome! So, like, one day any one of us could be walking past a shop and we’ll see your book in the window, and we’ll say “Hey! That’s writerchick! But why is her book in an adult bookstore?”
    But it probably won’t be in an adult bookstore. Unless that’s what you’re writing about.
    What ARE you writing about, anyway?

    Hey DT,
    I like the image of your passing a bookstore and saying ‘ohmigod, there’s writer chick’s book’ but no, dear, it won’t be an adult bookstore. I write murder mysteries.
    WC

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  2. I hope some day you’re the second coming of Anne Coulter 😉

    Wow Ger, that’s quite a tall order. The only thing is that Anne writes political books and I write fiction. She’ll have no competition from me, I’m afraid.
    WC

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  3. *ahem* by “what are you writing about?” I mean the contests that you’re doing, because I’m fairly certain that I know what the ‘agents’ business is about.

    Hey DT,
    The novel is a murder mystery. As to the contests – I have several short stories which I suppose one could call literary stories. I also have a screenplay to enter – which is a murder mystery.

    The agent is mainly about representation for the novel.
    WC

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  4. I’m glad you’ve got the bug, the push, the drive, because I think you’re the shit. Really.
    And I’m glad to have been a help, and a part of things, and that anything I’ve said has brought you a bit of, well, anything.
    I can’t wait to see it on a bookstore shelf.

    Hey Jess,
    I think you’re the shit too. And btw, I saw a lot of agents who are looking for chick-lit so I suggest you get to it. 😆

    You did help, believe me, and I thank you.

    I can’t wait to see it on a bookstore shelf too. 😉
    WC

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  5. WC,
    I am excited reading how passionate you are about your writing and your goal to be published. You are ready, this is your time! I know it, I feel it!

    Oh thanks, Mark. I hope you’re right. I really do. I approach my first fifteen agents tomorrow. Fingers crossed.
    WC

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  6. That is AMAZING, hun! Congrats on the get-up-and-do-itness! I wish I had such supportive writing friends and it’s so wonderful to know they’re out there and you’ve known a few. What a blessed writer you are!
    Just tell me what the title is and I’ll SO buy your book! 🙂
    Congrats and good luck with all the marketing.

    Thanks MS,
    You’re sweet. I’ll be happy to nag you if you need it. What’s the point of being a bunch of writers if we can’t help each other? The title of the book is False Witness. Hopefully, coming to a bookstore near you, soon. 😉
    WC

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  7. Hi writerchick also know as a lean mean writing machine. 🙂 I love your form of writing and it’s refreshing to see people break through the fear of expression. I have just read a bit about you, it was a real pleasure. Hey! I hope you don’t mind me writing a comment here. I have been around you for a while now.I have read you on my friend’s Rubyshooz blog. I would have liked to read your first book being a drug addict in recovery. 🙂 I just wanted to pop in and say personally nice to meet you.
    Respect
    Di

    Hi Di,
    Nice to meet you too. Any friend of Ruby’s is welcome here. I hope you do get a chance to read the book because that would mean it got published. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed reading the blog and I hope you’ll continue to visit.

    Congrats on your recovery, I hope you continue to do well in it. Do you have a blog too?
    WC

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  8. Congrats Annie. Best luck to you in your adventures! I’m so glad I stumbled upon your blog – I always enjoy reading your posts – they really force the reader to THINK! 🙂

    Hey Bella,
    Long time, no see. How the heck are you?
    WC

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  9. Oh this made me so very happy! GO GIRL! You clearly have what it takes and your confidence and energy is so motivating to me – and other writer’s I’m sure – and we all need that!
    Good luck with the agents. Doing the rounds is pretty daunting, but it really sounds like you have the best attitude for it, so it’s important that you go with your high energy right now!
    I SO resonated with your comment about wanting to get the current book out there to free you up for the next one. I’m at that point too, but haven’t even finished the first one yet, so am envious of that!
    Wishing you all the success in the world.
    Simonne x

    Hey Simonne,
    I know what you mean about wanting to go onto the next book before the present one is finished – you may be going through mid-book fatigue. I don’t know about you but when I was about halfway through this one I started thinking it was all shit and I should just write something else and I was bored and restless with it. But you get your second wind after a while. I’ve found that shopping and working on alternate projects, like decorating or some other creative expression helps bring a fresh eye back to the work.

    Yep, the agent thing is very daunting. I have 15 to send today, just another 20 to go. Yikes.
    WC

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  10. Good luck, Annie, in all you do! I have faith that you will succeed. Plus some.
    M.

    Thanks sweetie! How is it going with you? Email me.
    WC

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  11. Hi writerchick.
    Yes I do have a blog and hey your going to be the first person who I am going to give my address to alongside Ruby of course. I’m very new and inexperienced at blogging. I’m duskydi and my title is sunrise and paradise. I hope you can find me it will be nice to have a visitor.
    Thanks for the congrats on my recovery. I’ll be talking about it on my blog. I live it. 🙂
    Thanks for the welcome, I will come and read you if thats okey. Nice to meet you WC. I’m Diane . 🙂
    Peace,understanding and chance.

    Hi Diane,
    I’m afraid I need a little more information. What domain are you using for your blog? WordPress? And of course it’s okay if you want to come by to read. I’d be happy to have you here.
    WC

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  12. I think you know when you’re ready. And so now, you’re ready.

    Even though there were lots of comments on my poetry and stuff at the Writer’s Conference, I learned a lot from the published authors who were surprisingly willing to sit and chat with me about being a successful author. They were the most encouraging. I learned that what you need are a real group of serious writers to encourage you and support you and get you off your ass to write. I’m glad that these women did that for you. I am rooting for your success. Don’t let yourself get discouraged in this next process. One of the best things I heard this past week was “Hemmingway and all the other great writers have already said what they wanted to say. They’ve written their books and the world has them to read. What they don’t have is a book by you. Now go and write your book”.

    The world is eager to hear what you have to say Annie. You have a gift. Now is the time to share it with the world. kim

    Well Kimmie,
    What a sweet thing to say and thank you for saying it. I hope you’re right. We’ll see soon enough, I suspect.
    WC

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  13. Sorry i seem to be a day late and a dollar short, but i just read this incredible email about the power of prayer….so today i am sending you all my prayers and anyone who visits again, please send yours and spread the word to others and have them all pray so that maybe we can have a little divine intervention….
    l/y always,
    your sis

    Hey Sweets,
    Nah, you’re not a day late or a dollar short. I’ll take any prayers you want to send. Great idea. Thanks.
    l/y
    WC
    your big sis

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  14. Annie: Go girl! Your drive is amazing – the tasks involved in getting published seem so daunting, it’s got to be hard to jump in… We’re all rooting for ya out here in cyberland.

    Karen,
    LOL – I can almost hear the cheerleader in your voice. Yes, the whole idea is daunting and believe me, it was like pulling teeth just putting together simple query letters – something in me was/is desperately afraid. Yet, I managed to force myself through it. And now they’re in the mail so I can’t turn back now. I’ve found that if I don’t let myself think too much about it and just do it – and regard it as a job (in a way) rather than something that means something personal to me, it’s easier. As long as I don’t think about the what if’s – I’m okay. If that makes sense. 😉
    WC

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  15. Hey hey hey!
    Good luck and I hope you get published! If you do, how will I know what book is yours?

    Hey Catchy!
    Well, if anything happens I’ll let everyone know here on the blog. The title is False Witness. But even if I got a contract tomorrow, I believe it takes about a year for the publishing process (at least) so I don’t think there is any danger of your missing it. Thanks.
    WC

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  16. well you know i love the murder mysteries but i want my copy autographed, thanks!
    i know it’s gonna be great, annie! way to go!

    Well cool Reggie, I love the murder mysteries myself. In fact, the reason I started writing them is because a professor once said to me ‘if you don’t like the books out there that you’re reading, then write the one you want to read.’ It was very good advice and I still try to apply that to my writing today.
    WC

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  17. You already know how I feel about this, yes?
    I’m right behind you gently pushing.
    Keep the faith, kiddo
    I’m here if you need me.
    ~m

    Oh, is that what I’m feeling? LOL. Of course I know where you stand my buddy. Now we just have to get you going in that direction. It is soup, Michael, I know it is – I’m just waiting for you to know it.
    Annie

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  18. i think this is awesome, Chica. i know many who talk about wanting to get published but you’re doing it, going all the way.
    i wish you the best of luck and hope that you find an agent who is kind and straightfoward, as well as a slight workaholic. i can’t wait to buy your book.

    Hey Girlfriend,
    You know, I don’t have any room to talk about writers who say they want things, because I’ve been guilty of that for years. And secretly I’m praying I don’t lose my momentum – luckily I”m anal and obsessive, so I’m probably okay on that front. 😉

    How nice that you want to buy my book. That is so cool to read. Wow, thank you.
    Chica

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  19. Hi WC,
    What can I say except that a day without Writer Chick is a day without sun shine.
    My wife, by the way, loves mystery novels. When yours goes into print I expect to be able to purchase an autographed copy for her.
    the Grit

    Hi Grit,
    Aw, what a lovely thing to say, thank you.

    Looks like there are several autographed copies I”m going to need to swing. Believe me, if it comes to pass, you’ll be on the speed dial for a copy.
    WC

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  20. Hey I know what it’s like to get to that motivated place. The trick is to stay there!
    Good luck with it all though and I can’t wait to one day receive my very own autographed edition in the mail 🙂
    Cheers, Kelly

    Hey Kel,
    You’re so right – staying motivated may be the trickiest part of all. I’ve got all my fingers and toes crossed and trying to just keep moving forward. And if there are copies to send, I surely will send you one.
    Love
    Annie

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  21. Thanks WC. I think you’re right about the mid-way fatigue. I’m so near the end and flagging a bit, but determined to get there, esp as I’ve put feelers out to publishers already!
    I meant to say in my first comment – writers write to be read/published. This is by no means ego talking, it’s just what you do honey, so do it with pride 🙂

    Hey Simonne,
    Yes, when the end is in sight, the irony is that you really do start to flag. It’s like a bloody marathon, you can keep going until you see the finish line and then your legs go all rubbery or something. Wow, you are courageous to put out the feelers before you finished, I’m way too chicken to do something like that. Hats off.

    I got what you meant about writers write to be read. It’s true, they do. They may not know it, or be in denial about it, but it is nonetheless true. And you’re right, I should do it with pride. Maybe we should have our own Proud Writer Parade or something. It could be fun, we could barbecue, have nifty signs and band music. What do you think?
    WC

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  22. Can I get a signed copy, I’ll pay for it of course? 😉 .
    Strangely enough on the way back from work I sat opposite a guy who read a ‘Michael Murphy’ book. And I thought to myself “Wow, this might be THE Michael Murphy” and then I thought how likely it is, that I’ll actually be holding books in my hands of certain people I know from my writer friends. After all, they write well enough to keep my interest up and I am a very picky reader. I can’t wait for yours. Remember, start practising interviews etc, assume you already have it published, get the Universe behind you (just in case dear Michael needs some help gently pushing 😉 .

    Hey Spaz,
    Wow, you need to tell Mikey that story. It would have given me a start too.

    I like the ‘get the universe behind you’ idea. I may try that. Thanks. 🙂
    WC

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  23. Excited for you WC. It’s such a huge step to say, I’m ready to submit this. I’m glad you have the verve to get your work out there. Too many people get all bashful about it and never take that risk. And I think the mass-query idea is the way to go. You never know what’s going to stick. Anyway, I hope you’ll still post from time to time, eh? Thanks for everything!
    Puddlehead

    Hey Puddlehead,
    How’s the trip? Hope you’re having a good time.

    Of course I’ll be posting. Just not as much. Thanks, buddy.
    WC

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  24. Follow your dreams Annie and I wish you all the best. You’re a great writer and we’re with you all the way.
    Sorry I haven’t been by in a while – I’ve had a hard time keeping up anywhere and feel bad when I don’t stop by for a while.
    Hugs~

    Hey Roobs!
    Thanks for the well wishes. No worries, you visit whenever you’re feeling up to it. I’ll be around. Got the last of the query packages to finish tonight and then maybe it won’t be such a crunch after that. Hope so. Take care, hon.
    Annie

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  25. It’s fun reading over your post about the process of finding a literary agent, Annie, and all of the comments dealing with publication, because it’s a very familiar topic. Even though I don’t have a book of my own published, my mom has six published books, so the world of literary agents and publishers is one I’ve grown up having a front row seat to.
    ~Kelsey

    Wow Kelsey,
    I had no idea your mom was a published author. Good for her. Well then, you know the drill. Now…can you give me any tips? 😆
    WC

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  26. Oh, sad! It took off the last part of my comment. 😛
    Anways, I just thought you might find that link interesting since you read my mom’s blog. That was all.
    ~Kelsey

    What did it take off. I see the link. Was there something else? Me confused. 😯
    WC

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  27. Sorry for the confusion. I had a note about what the link was after it in the first comment, and for some reason, it didn’t show up.
    ~Kelsey

    Oh, well then yes, WordPress must have eaten it. I sometimes have odd, inexplicable things happen in the comments on this blog. And I can never figure out why.
    WC

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