If I’ve been quiet this March it’s because things have been brewing in the background.
I can finally announce: I’ve signed with Samantha Bagood of Samantha B. Literary! I’m thrilled, because now this book (and my career) has found an enthusiastic champion. And I’m excited to see what comes next!
How did I get my agent? Simple cold query. First I made sure my query was working, and throughout the process I continued to revise my manuscript whenever I received good feedback. Samantha ended up with the best (and latest) version of the manuscript, so I had a little luck with timing too.
It’s a huge relief to come to the end of the agent hunt and I’m feeling more relaxed than I have in a long time. Still, some days I wake up so nervous that I’m shaking and I doubt that I can do this. But I have to remind myself that I need to tackle what’s next just how I’ve done it before: keep learning, keep writing. There is no such thing as a perfect story, but there is the best I can do at the time – and that has to be enough. So next is revisions and making this story the best I can.
- Steering the Craft by Ursula LeGuin
- American Panda by Gloria Chao
- Love Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
- The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
As a break from the Beasty novel, I did a few touch ups on the novel out for submission and fixed some minor things that were bothering me. I also spent some time on a short story. The short took more than I’d scheduled, but I know I shouldn’t turn down inspiration when it finds me. Honestly, even though I wanted to work on the Beasty novel, I knew I wasn’t ready to. I’ve learned my lessons!
February was the re-start that January didn’t offer. I went through all my things and tried to confront my bad habits. It was a month of adjustments that have felt much needed.
I started with my things: one drawer, one closet, one room at a time. Because I’ve gone konmari on my house before, it wasn’t so difficult this time. Mostly it was time to get rid of things that were broken or worn out or were no longer useful, and also a reminder of what I have. It’s amazing how physically acting on a space can make you feel like you have a bit more control over your life. There is literal baggage to get rid of. Order that’s visible. It’s such a contrast to the writing life, where there is so much you can’t talk about and there is often nothing concrete to admire.
I also started going to the gym and almost look forward to the early morning’s there. The biggest challenge hasn’t been motivating myself to go, but balancing my blood sugar levels. I’ve been doing a series of experiments to see what I need to eat before and after to ensure I’m not light headed. Some days worked out, and some days didn’t. My writing suffered while I tried to figure the balance, but I feel so much stronger physically that I think I’ll stick to it. In a month I’ve noticed I can walk up the hill to the house without as much trouble and some exercises are easier. I don’t get as tired as fast and I’m sleeping better. I’m far from fit, but taking steps towards better health is another one of those controllable things, when what happens with my writing is not.
And sewing! As usual when I’m in between novels I’ve been firing up the machine. It feels like stretching my creativity, or working a different set of muscles. I’ve been buying indie sewing patterns and been learning a ton. It’s low stakes and enjoyable. I sewed up a foam insert to carry my SLR camera around in, and I sewed up an over sized sweatshirt that’s so cozy. A finished garment is something I can hold in my hands. Tangible. Real.
Sometimes it’s good to get out of your head.
- Half a King by Joe Abercrombie
- The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
- Cold Iron by Stina Leicht