Well, hello there! *blows away blog cobwebs* It's about time I came back, eh?
Unfortunately, my absence has not been because something cool happened, like I got a puppy or I eloped or I found a pot of gold or I got a phone call from Disney PLEADING with me to let them make PPP into a movie.
No, nothing like that. I've been gone because work has been sucking
Anyway, here I am, bright and early with a cup of vanilla chai and a little bit of time before I have to go start my day. I apologize for not keeping up with your blogs, but as I have a couple of reeeeeallllly long flights coming up in the next week or so, I'll have nothing but time to do that!
Many of you have been asking for news on the querying front. I have sent letters on PPP's behalf to a total of six people. So far, the results stand at: three immediate form rejections (like, immediate, which is great because it saves me time waiting and wondering), one partial request that ended up in a rejection with compliments, one partial request I am waiting to hear back from, and one revise-and-resubmit, which made me do an Irish jig around my office. (Have you ever seen an Asian girl do an Irish jig? It's not pretty - at least, not when I do it - but it gets the happy feelings across pretty well.)
So that brings me to my next piece of news: PUMPKIN PATCH PRINCESS is becoming... *drum roll* ....a MIDDLE-GRADE novel.
Yep, you read that right! My Cinderella retelling was originally meant to be a young adult book, but too many agents and too many critique partners have been telling me that the story is much more suitable for a younger age group (as indeed, I pondered back in June in this post here) and you know what?
I completely agree. I'm so excited to make the changes and to see what I come up with! This weekend, I'm going to stock up on fun notebooks and make a detailed outline of the story as it is right now. I'm going to take that outline with me on my vacation and see what alterations I can make to the plot to make it fit Noelle, my main character, who went from 18... to 16... to 14. I've already got some ideas rattling around in this noggin of mine.
I think PPP will be a much stronger contender for querying if it's pitched as an MG. (And I guess that makes me "an aspiring MG/YA author" now, doesn't it?!) I ran it past my most trusted critique partners and readers yesterday, and they unanimously said: "Yes. YES" or "I TOLD you!" to the whole thing.
So there's a little kink that has appeared in PPP's straight little road, and I am so happy and eager to follow it to where it wants to take me.
As you may have guessed, being so busy has meant that barely any progress has been made on ELEGY. I did not hit the golden 50K during Camp NaNoWriMo this summer, but I did make it to 35K, so I've got a pretty substantial chunk of the novel in the Stories folder on my desktop. I think it's going to be growing a little mold there for a while, since my priority right now is to revise PPP and get it back out the door. I'm gonna do my best to make this happen by Thanksgiving.
I want to see my book in my hands so badly it's like a physical ache. I know you guys know exactly what I'm talking about, because you feel it too. But the important part is that we're willing to work for it and no matter how many things stand in the way... like family or bills or jobs... we always come back to put some more words down on the page.
I've seen so many pictures on Facebook recently of my author friends and my author friends' author friends attending launch parties, signing their books, and hugging readers. I used to feel envious, but now, it's more motivating to me to hear about other people's success. It makes me so proud to see a blog buddy succeed, and what's more, it is proof positive that these things can happen to seemingly ordinary people who just happen to work really hard and be very persistent. And have a wicked way with words ;)
How are you guys doing? Any news in your writing world? I'd love to hear about it in the comments!