I don't talk much about my writing on this blog (weird, since it's a "writing blog"), but today I'm going to. I've had a couple of people ask me if I'm querying recently. And the answer is well, no, I'm not. I'm actually finishing up my third novel, and I've never really queried (I've sent out like five really novice queries). Does that make me weird? Maybe.
If you were to ask me why, I'm not sure I could give you a clear cut answer. The timing just never felt right. I did love my first novel, a YA contemporary fantasy. I loved the story. I loved the characters. I didn't love the writing. So, I revised it over and over and over and over again. Somehow it just never reached the standard I wanted it to.
The writing in my second novel was much better. Again, I loved the story. The problem was it was a tough genre to market. I had unwittingly written myself into a literary corner with a college age character in a Chick Lit Superhero Romantic Comedy (say that five times fast).
Now I'm finishing up my third novel. A YA SciFi Dystopian. It's quirky. It takes place on the moon. There are lots of made up words. It's written a strange voice and my character is withdrawn and and counts everything around her (as in literally counts everything). I LOVE it! I will definitely query it when I'm done.
So, I've been around in the blogging/writing world for about three years now. Most of the friends I started with are agented. I've seen their struggles and learned a lot. But I've never experienced it. I guess I just wasn't ready. But now I definitely am. So in the next few months (as soon as I finish my book) I will be putting myself out there and getting my poor little writing heart trampled on like the rest of all you brave souls. I would love to hear about your querying journey.