It’s been about two and half months since I sent my first query letter for manuscript, QG, so I figured it was time for an update.
I ended up sending 25 queries total. I did get a request for a full, but unfortunately, no offers of representation. I do have a few more queries out there, but I think sadly that’s it for this manuscript.
It’s really heartbreaking. I put so much time and love into this story. I had such high hopes and it’s disappointing that things didn’t work out the way I wanted them to. I knew chances were slim, but I was still hopeful. I’m not giving up though.
Not on QG, and not on writing. I wrote a novella set in the QG universe and I outlined the entire second book in the series, DC. My plan had been to write DC, but I decided it would be better to focus on a different series. I love QG and I’m not closing the door on self-publishing it in the future, but ideally I want to go the traditional publishing route. And that means I need an agent. I’m hoping that my next book will have more luck and if I can get an agent with the new book, then hopefully QG would be my second series.
But that’s way down the road.
For now, I’m working on this new series. This series is much more complicated than the QG series. It’s a re-envisioning of a few of my favorite fairy tales and as such, has multiple POVs. I’ve been slowly weaving their stories together and it’s been fun. The hard part will be deciding whose eyes each scene should be told from, but I’m up for the challenge. At the moment the series is going to be four books and I have ideas for three, maybe four, novellas of fairy tales that didn’t make it into the main story arc. I don’t have titles yet. I’m playing around with ideas, but so far nothing has stuck. So, for the time being, I’ll have to call it WIP, or FT1 (fairy tale 1).
My plan is to have FT1 written before the end of the summer. This gives me about seven months, which I think is definitely doable. Especially if I start soon, which I think I will. I just need to work on the main story arc for the series a bit more. There are A LOT of threads I need to connect so I really need to know what’s going to happen in each book. I have an idea of where each book is going to end, but I’ve been moving plot points around so I’m still working on outlining the series. But, FT1 is fairly solid. I know how the story starts and where it will end. I need to flesh it out more, but I think I should be able to start writing within a month.
I’m excited and nervous to start something new. On the one hand, I’m enjoying working with new characters and a new world. On the other, I’m scared it won’t work out. Again. But, if I don’t try, I won’t ever know. And that’s worse. I can only keep going forward and hope for the best.