I took the plunge.
I am now querying HER NAME WAS A GHOST (Aka, Silver)
*screams* *buries face in pillow* *screams more* *runs around* *blow horns* *bangs pots and pans* *sits down spaced out wondering what the heck is happening*
To repeat that again: I am now querying literary agents.
For this past like YEAR you’ve probably heard me say “I’ll soon be querying” “I will be done editing soon” WELL I’M DONE BABY.
And it’s been a journey (I mean that’s what writing is. Just one long, unending road. Because every time you finish a story, there’s probably another one right around the corner).
I started writing HER NAME WAS A GHOST back in 2016. My first NaNoWriMo which….was a disaster (I only made it to 27k words guys. It was my first time ok). The story itself had been cooking for years. And by “story” I mean one of the main characters, Silver, and I had no idea where to put her. It wasn’t until the fall of 2016 when I finally managed to scrap up all the pieces and parts of ideas and form them into an actual plot.
A part of me thinks four years is a long time, the other feels like it isn’t actually that long. I grew A LOT in those four years. My writing changed a lot.
I listened to Halcyon Days over and over again writing this book. I filled several notebooks. Drew little cats everywhere. It’s been a ride and a good one. I’ve written a lot of novels between the time I started and now, but I knew HER NAME WAS A GHOST was going to be the one that was sent out first.
All of this is making me look back at the last four years and I just…all of THAT happened in just FOUR YEARS??? *goes into weird existential head space* (When I mean THAT, I mean just about everything. Jobs, dancing, writing, people, blogs, music, movies, travels, books, etc. THAT *gestures vaguely* And this book has just been there through all of it.)
Here are a few things I learned that I will pass on to you:
Cut those fillers words and phrases (“he stuck his tongue in his cheek” was a big one for me). Don’t quit. Get other people to read it. Don’t quit. But get people who can give a good critique, not just any random bloke. Write it down, because you will not remember it later. Motivation for your characters is key. If you hate a scene, cut it. Changing a setting can really bump up the quality of a scene.
READ. I can’t stress this enough. Read blogs about agents/querying/publishing. Read Writer’s Digest. Follow prominent writers and agents on twitter. Read everything and anything you can about the industry. There are so many things to learn, and the publishing industry isn’t exactly one of those things they teach you about in high school.
(And I just spilled my nice warm cup of chamomile and ginger tea all over my desk. Now I’m sad. Okay but I did NOT spill it on my laptop and I did NOT spill it on the floor which would have been worse because I literally just cleaned every last stain on the carpet, and I’m in no mood to clean it again. But now I need a new cup of tea.)
AND THAT’S ALL FOLKS. WISH ME LUCK.