Monday, June 1, 2009

Manuscripts, query letters, and the trials of awkwardness

Another chapter in Wren's story done. I really should get back to Mariah and Ethan soon, but poor Wren has been waiting so long.

I ordered the manuscript copies of Living Sacrifice to ask a few friends to read and mark up. I am hoping to ask them as soon as the copies arrive. After they are finished, I can get working on the second draft and then looking for an agent.

I am not nervous about the process yet, but I am certain I will be by the time it comes time to write all the documentation to send: query letters, synopsis, and other miscellaneous stuff. It is strange how writing a novel can come with little effort, but query letters stop me cold.

I shall have to get over this problem of awkwardness when actually speaking with people face to face about my books. I can ramble on for hours on the page without a problem, but put me in a conversation with a person who has never read my work and I get a horrible tongue cramp. I even stumble over words in conversations about other topics. I sometimes feel as though my mouth is shoe-shaped. Even my fingers occasionally get athlete's foot. :) Such is the life of a human, I suppose. The Lord likes to keep me humble. I don't mind. I would rather be humble that proud. The Bible is quite clear that He opposes them, and I wouldn't want to be on the wrong side of His wrath.

- Rachel Rossano


Emily Mae said...

I like the blog, Rach! Great idea. It'll be good to centralize and condense. By the way, I like the titles for Ireic, Lora, and Liam's stories. Nice. :)

Rachel Starr Thomson said...

Cool site, Rachel! Query letters are a problem for a lot of writers--funny that it is that way. I don't like writing them either. OR talking about my own work, although I improve the more I do it. A friend of mine introduced me at a wedding recently as a "world-famous author," and people would ask, "So what do you write about?" And I drew a total blank, turned to my friend and said, "I don't know; what DO I write?" Grin. So the secret is always to have eloquent friends on hand.

Rachel Rossano said...

Thank you, Em. I am glad you approve. Now I just have to get the all ready for publication. :) I am working away. :)

LOL, Rachel. Believe it or not, I think I have used that line myself. Of course, I wasn't introduced as a "world-famous author." It is strange how I seem to have two lives: my physical life (what I live outside my head and computer and books everyday) and my virtual life (inside my head, books, and computer). It is hard for me to bridge the two worlds. I am almost afraid to open up my virtual life up for the physical life to see. I am working on it, but it is a work in process. :) It is nice to know that I am not the only one who struggles with talking about my books and writing query letters. :)

Michelle R said...

*ahem* to that last comment by Rachel R above. Didn't we just have a discussion about this on Xanga? :-)

Rachel Rossano said...

LOL Yes, you are right, Michelle. I need to listen to my own advice.