My goals were to have sent out five queries for INTO THE DARK by the end of Round 4, and I’ve easily doubled that. I’ve got a partial and a full out (by request), as well as several submissions to e-publishers. No luck with agents as of yet, but I’m going to keep plugging away in the new year.
Unfortunately, querying INTO THE DARK took a lot more time and energy than I anticipated. My query required numerous rewrites, as did my synopsis, and my progress on my new book, THE PROPHET, suffered. I failed pretty miserably with my word count on it. And that’s okay. I learned a lot these last couple of months, and I’ve renewed my excitement in the book. I do expect to make a lot of progress on it once the holidays have come and gone.
I’ve done a pretty good job of supporting my writing friends, and Thriller Thursday is gradually gaining more views, so I’m calling wins on those goals.
My life goals are still VERY much a work in progress. The carb watching and motivation to exercise is a daily battle for me. I plan on working harder on these next year, as well as focusing on the positives in life. I’m a pessimist by nature, so finding the proverbial flower in the weeds is tough for me. Obsessing over my mistakes and perceived failures are aspects of my personality I really need to work on, but I’m getting better.
Round 4 has been a bumpy ride for me (it’s cliché day, apparently). Once the queries starting going out and the rejections began, followed by the waiting game, I’ve struggled to find interest in writing. I’ve experienced periods of lethargy and guilt because I’ve not been able to switch gears as easily as some other writers seem to do. I should have been able to jump into writing THE PROPHET with no problem. After all, if I want writing to be my job, I have to have a thicker skin and stronger will.
I’m working on it. I’m also working on accepting that my process is different from others, and that’s okay. That’s not to say I don’t need to get my butt in gear and figure out a way to beat the doldrums when they barge into my head, but I’m trying to stop feeling guilty for not being like everyone else. I can strive to be better, but I also need to accept myself, faults and all.
We’ll see how that goes.
So I’m calling Round 4 a draw. I’m proud of myself for getting the courage to query and for (so far) not losing my mind as I wait. I wish I’d gotten farther along on The Prophet, but life gets in the way. Most of all, I’m looking forward to the new year and a very busy Round 5.
What about you? Was Row80 Round 4 a success for you? Is there anything you would have changed?