View Full Version : My first novel is ready to query!

12-28-2013, 03:03 AM
I just had to share my happiness. Last year at this time I was halfway through the rough draft - my first ever - and was puzzling over a big plot twist. It was making me rather grumpy and I remember driving through the snow on New Year's Day thinking, 'well, if nothing else, this time next year, I'll have a finished manuscript.' After a year of writing, finding critique partners, and multiple revisions, that prediction has come true. I thought I was done in August and sent a couple test queries and entered a contest, but then I had second thoughts about its readiness. I've since cut 12,000 words and completely overhauled my query.

So here I am nearing New Year's again. I could keep revising forever, I'm sure, but I'm making it my goal to stop messing with it and start querying in January. After all, I have new projects I can't wait to give my full attention to. :D

12-28-2013, 03:05 AM
Wow thats amazing, congrats!

12-28-2013, 03:06 AM
Congratulations! I'm really happy for you. I hope to be in the same place sometime next year :)

12-28-2013, 03:09 AM
Congratulations! And good for you for having the patience to perfect before querying! Best of luck!

12-28-2013, 03:11 AM
Awesome! Congratulations.

12-28-2013, 03:11 AM
Well done, RaggedEdge, and best wishes to you!

Siri Kirpal
12-28-2013, 04:43 AM
Sat Nam! (Literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

Good work and best of luck!


Siri Kirpal

12-28-2013, 05:44 AM
Congratulations. That sounds like it was a lot of work. Puzzling over big plot twists is the worst...... Glad you made it through with a result that you're proud of.

12-28-2013, 08:49 PM
91K, WOW!!!! Amazing... congrats and good luck :)


12-29-2013, 02:38 AM
Thanks so much for the kind thoughts, everyone!

I just brought down my word count to 90K after removing another big chunk that really only served as a seed for what would be a sequel. It's funny what you get attached to and are slow to see as extraneous, but I'm slowly getting much better at that!

12-29-2013, 09:24 AM
Yay for learning to cut the things that are extraneous! It's a hard thing to learn, but it's necessary. =)

I wish you the best of luck with your querying! Keep everyone here at AW updated! <3

Little Anonymous Me
12-29-2013, 09:26 AM
:hooray: Congrats on all your hard work, and best of luck! :hooray:

L. Y.
12-30-2013, 05:29 AM
Congratulations and good luck! :)

12-30-2013, 06:22 AM
Make sure to polish the query and make it short and interesting.

12-30-2013, 07:33 PM
CGs on finishing! Glad you have new project to tackle -- nothing better than working on the next one while the last one is making its sometimes lengthy rounds.

Eli Hinze
12-31-2013, 10:57 PM
A big congratulations! I want to be in your shoes this time next year. :D
I hope all goes well, and remember to persist!

12-31-2013, 11:37 PM
Congrats! Best of luck as you push forward :D

01-05-2014, 10:30 AM
Congratulations! That's awesome! I'm so jealous. I have a bunch of finished drafts, but none of them are in the querying stages yet. Although one is really close. Hopefully this time next year I'll be where you are. :)

01-05-2014, 10:57 AM

01-05-2014, 11:08 AM
Good job! Especially knowing to be patient to make it properly ready! May you get a speedy response. :D

01-10-2014, 06:32 AM
Congrats and good luck!