Welcome to the AbsoluteWrite Water Cooler! Please read The Newbie Guide To Absolute Write

Thread: Purgatory's Pit of Doom

  1. #3576
    A cat may not look at a king kellion92's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    The edge
    Posts
    5,241
    Bleh. I got a form QR today from someone who requests practically everything and often gives feedback on Rs. But it's clear that that is NOT the project of the moment.

    I don't think I'm ready to trunk it yet. I threw some queries out last night to some long-shot no-response agents because it was a worth a chance -- no response means no, but no query means no chance, right?
    Last edited by kellion92; 03-11-2011 at 05:04 PM.

  2. #3577
    Bright lights induce scuttling soulcascade's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Scuttled under a rock
    Posts
    2,632
    {{Kellion}}

    I'm going to sound like a total dreamer, but I really love my ms and feel it deserves a chance. Yeah yeah, I know, ALL writers feel that way. But I guess that's what's pulling me along this query go round....

  3. #3578
    A cat may not look at a king kellion92's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    The edge
    Posts
    5,241
    Yeah, I think my book deserves a chance. One thing I feel better about is that I'm not querying too soon -- I worried about pacing, characterization, whether I was revealing information at the right time. It turns out it doesn't matter because I'm getting rejected on query. So glad I didn't spend another six months.

  4. #3579
    Bright lights induce scuttling soulcascade's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Scuttled under a rock
    Posts
    2,632
    *cry* Ouch. It's hard to know if you 'should' spend x amount of time super-polishing that ms...if it doesn't get any requests, then what's the point?

  5. #3580
    ray of motherf#%&ing sunshine ink wench's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    the winter of my discontent
    Posts
    3,764
    (((Kellion))) I hate that feeling of futility. Like why did I spend so much time polishing the hell out of this MS if no one is going to read past the query? Especially when I read some pubbed books that have writing/storytelling issues that me cringe.

    Was just saying to my husband last night how excited I was about the twist in my WIP. I think it will be awesome and heart-breaking if I can pull it off (a big if), but unless anyone takes the time to read to the end, no one will know ever know how much work I put into setting it up.
    W1cked M1sery (Samhain) - October 2013

    An0ther L1ttle P1ece 0f My Heart
    (Harlequin Teen)- December 2013

    Twitter * Website

  6. #3581
    A cat may not look at a king kellion92's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    The edge
    Posts
    5,241
    I STILL haven't finished my synopsis. I'm hoping that that will help a little bit -- the agents who want them want to know what happens in submissions at least. So it helps for books with twists.

    I didn't expect querying to go this way. I thought I'd be rejected, but maybe kindly or regretfully or helpfully rejected.

  7. #3582
    Bright lights induce scuttling soulcascade's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Scuttled under a rock
    Posts
    2,632
    Especially when I read some pubbed books that have writing/storytelling issues that me cringe. <- THIS!

    Urgh, Kellion, synopses are evil. And querying is too. Querying has always been uber painful for me.

  8. #3583
    Pit Livin' & Purgatory Dreamin' SteveCordero's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    NYC
    Posts
    2,872
    {{{Kellion}}}

  9. #3584
    A new year, a new avatar Snappy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    2,135
    I HATE synopsis. They are the spawn of Hell! I feel your pain, Kell!
    ~ Just Snappy

  10. #3585
    In the Center of things Vandal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    The Outer Limits
    Posts
    1,249
    Quote Originally Posted by kellion92 View Post
    I didn't expect querying to go this way. I thought I'd be rejected, but maybe kindly or regretfully or helpfully rejected.

    These words do not exist

    in The Pit



    I queried book #4 for a short time and got completely shut out. It had been beta-ed and QLH-ed and still it generated nary a whiff of interest. Crazy.
    Last edited by Vandal; 03-11-2011 at 10:25 PM.
    The Secret at Haney Field: A Baseball Mystery available now.

    My website

  11. #3586
    practical experience, FTW PrincessofPersia's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Posts
    1,430
    Another form R. Cue blinding rage.

  12. #3587
    practical experience, FTW clare's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    234
    Just for "fun" today, I made myself a ticker at tickerfactory.com:





    When I have queried every agent who reps my genre, that snake can bite me and put me out of my misery.
    ***************************************
    "What is writing? Writing is telepathy."
    Stephen King

  13. #3588
    Bright lights induce scuttling soulcascade's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Scuttled under a rock
    Posts
    2,632
    {{PoP}}

    LOLOL CLARE!!!!!!!

  14. #3589
    In the Center of things Vandal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    The Outer Limits
    Posts
    1,249
    Quote Originally Posted by clare View Post
    Just for "fun" today, I made myself a ticker at tickerfactory.com:





    When I have queried every agent who reps my genre, that snake can bite me and put me out of my misery.

    You'll fit right in.
    The Secret at Haney Field: A Baseball Mystery available now.

    My website

  15. #3590
    ray of motherf#%&ing sunshine ink wench's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    the winter of my discontent
    Posts
    3,764
    (((Kellion))) Querying just sucks however you look at it. I expected rejection. I didn't expect to be told over and over that my super commercial concept was too freaking commercial to sell. WTF?

    (((Princess)))

    Clare, I love it!
    W1cked M1sery (Samhain) - October 2013

    An0ther L1ttle P1ece 0f My Heart
    (Harlequin Teen)- December 2013

    Twitter * Website

  16. #3591
    A cat may not look at a king kellion92's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    The edge
    Posts
    5,241
    I love it, Clare!!!!

    Today is a triple whammy so far, and the day is young. Old queries, new, everybody's doing spring cleaning. I could rewrite my query again, but I think it will only work if I describe somebody else's book.

    (((Princess)))

  17. #3592
    Bright lights induce scuttling soulcascade's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Scuttled under a rock
    Posts
    2,632
    *echoing Ink* WTF?? How can something be 'too commercial to sell'???!

  18. #3593
    Pit Livin' & Purgatory Dreamin' SteveCordero's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    NYC
    Posts
    2,872
    {{{Princess}}}

    LOL, Clare, that's great!

  19. #3594
    ray of motherf#%&ing sunshine ink wench's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    the winter of my discontent
    Posts
    3,764
    Quote Originally Posted by soulcascade View Post
    *echoing Ink* WTF?? How can something be 'too commercial to sell'???!
    Editors only want contemporary YA that's literary. No one's buying light, commercial stuff.
    W1cked M1sery (Samhain) - October 2013

    An0ther L1ttle P1ece 0f My Heart
    (Harlequin Teen)- December 2013

    Twitter * Website

  20. #3595
    A cat may not look at a king kellion92's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    The edge
    Posts
    5,241
    Makes no sense to me, Ink.

    I have no idea what MG is doing well now. The same few ms on QT get all the requests. There's an odd unanimity about what makes a concept worthwhile.

  21. #3596
    Bright lights induce scuttling soulcascade's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Scuttled under a rock
    Posts
    2,632
    It's such a knife to the heart when 'one' concept gets all the requests. I know it's all timing and bla bla bla, but the thing with timing is, either you have it or you don't. And Pitizens...we don't

  22. #3597
    A new year, a new avatar Snappy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    2,135
    QT is also the root of all evil.
    ~ Just Snappy

  23. #3598
    A cat may not look at a king kellion92's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    The edge
    Posts
    5,241
    I am grateful for QT for A) helping me find agents to query B) killing hope about those queries. You can see exactly when there is no chance left, no matter what the agent's stated response policy.

  24. #3599
    Bored Fanatic Leigh.Lyons's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    The land of FuckifIknow
    Posts
    829
    Quote Originally Posted by ink wench View Post
    (((Kellion))) I hate that feeling of futility. Like why did I spend so much time polishing the hell out of this MS if no one is going to read past the query? Especially when I read some pubbed books that have writing/storytelling issues that me cringe.
    I read this book that was horribly formulaic, the writing was terrible... somehow the author was an international best seller but everyone I talked to about the book said the same things that are said of Sm3y3r. So I thought it would be interesting to send my query to her agent. The agent said it was too obscure. I about shat a brick on that one!

  25. #3600
    Bored Fanatic Leigh.Lyons's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    The land of FuckifIknow
    Posts
    829
    Quote Originally Posted by Vandal View Post
    I queried book #4 for a short time and got completely shut out. It had been beta-ed and QLH-ed and still it generated nary a whiff of interest. Crazy.
    It's an awful, awful process!

Page 144 of 700 FirstFirst ... 446994119134138139140141142143144145146147148149150154169194219244394644 ... LastLast

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Custom Search