Monday, January 10, 2011

More answers, and a darling new niece!

Time for more answers to your questions!


Kathryn said...
Wondering how your husband reacted when you signed with an agent! What was your family's reaction? :)
My husband was SO excited. He knew how badly I wanted this and how hard I had worked to get to that point. He'd seen me at the breaking point, when I was so beaten down with rejection that I didn't know if I could handle even one more. He also saw me when I was so excited about the most recent requests or feedback or revision. When it finally happened, I was almost in shock with disbelief that I'd finally achieved my goal. He on the other hand was jumping up and down, yelling in excitement, lifting me off of my feet and swinging me in circles. My family was also very excited, but not so much that they lifted me off of my feet. ;)


Emy Shin said...
These are great advice! A question, hmm... Did you have a process for querying? Did you query all agents at once, or send five queries, wait a week, then send five more, etc.?

Definitely don't query all the agents on your list at once. But I do believe in doing it in chunks. I'd say five - ten at a time. I usually sent out a chunk every monday morning, and see what kind of responses I got. One thing I did do though, was whenever I got a particularly heartbreaking rejection, I'd send out a new query right away (or maybe a couple) to give myself new hope. It was one way I coped with disappointment--focus on the possibility of the future instead of the failings of the past.

Nicole Zoltack said...
Queries always need to be tweaked so I would love to win!My question: How do you know when your query is ready?
Oh boy, this is a tricky one. Especially since I was often tweaking my query between every round of queries I sent out! But what I would usually do is have a few new people read it whenever I thought it was ready (on top of my CPs), and based on how they reacted I would decide. Another thing I did sometimes (when I was feeling really brave), was to call up a friend and read them my query as if it was the back of a book at a store to ask them if they thought it sounded good. I'm sorry I'm not much help on this one. Basically, get it to where you think it accomplishes your goal (concisely and intriguingly surmises your book), and then have the courage to send it out.
And now for your viewing pleasure, I'd like to introduce my beautiful new niece Zoey!!

Isn't she darling? I'm so in love.

And thank you for all of your wishes on SonB's birthday party. It went awesome! He loved all of it (including his cake), so hurray for success!

Did you all have a good weekend?

14 comments:

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

What a gorgeous niece!! Love the little bow in the baby fine hair. She looks so very tiny. I hardly remember them being so little. Congratulations, auntie!

So glad the birthday went well! It's tough to have a birthday so close to the holidays.

Great answers on the questions. I can just picture your husband swinging you around. So very sweet.

Steph said...

Aw, you're niece is a doll! Thanks for sharing that! :)

Colene Murphy said...

Oh goodness!!! She's adorable!!

Awesome questions and answers! You answered a question or two I have had before! Thanks!

Trisha Leaver said...

What a beautiful little baby. Love the tiny bow in here hair.

Becky Wallace said...

Apparently I'm not the only one with query issues!

Your niece is darling.

Jennie Bailey said...

Zoey is absolutely gorgeous!

I love your husband's reaction. How sweet that he was excited for you and swung you around - like a fairytale!

Nicole Zoltack said...

Oh, she is precious! So cute!! :)

Why does everyone else have girls? *wah* I love my two boys but I really want a daughter!

The Dixon Family said...

Your niece is darling and you look great, too. I have to admit, the bookworm in me was looking over your shoulder wondering what book was face down...it's that insanity that writer's share, right?

Sara B. Larson said...

Thank you everyone! I do love that little girl already. :)

And the book is JANE (the modern retelling of Jane Eyre, that I LOVED and have recommended to my whole family). :D

Candyland said...

Great picture:) Congrats on the new niece. And I love hearing success stories!

Shari said...

She's beautiful! I love sweet little teeny people.

Carolyn V. said...

Oh my gosh! She is soooo tiny!!! Congrats. =)

Melissa Gill said...

What a darling baby. Nothing beats being an aunt.

DL Hammons said...

Great questions. Great answers. Cute Baby. And it's Hump day.

It's all good!! :)