So I was talking to my friend about query letters, and she suggested that I contact an author from our writers group and pose some of my questions. He has a thriller series out, he seems genuinely friendly, and I’d spoken to him briefly before, so I decided to follow her advice. I emailed and asked if he’d mind answering a few questions, he agreed, and we set up a time to call.
Which freaked me out, quite honestly. I am almost phobic about talking to people on the phone. My parents and closest friends don’t count, but if I’m calling to make an appointment? I’m practically breathing into a paper bag beforehand! But I’m being confident, remember? I can do hard things.
Anyway, we just finished our conversation, and it was so helpful. I’m learning that I need to reign in my horses a little bit. I think that I’m all ready to go, but there’s always more to learn, more to figure out. I think that I’ve done all of my research, and then I find that I’ve been researching the wrong thing entirely, and there’s this area here that I haven’t even looked at. That’s why I’m so grateful for the help. I can’t tell you how much my eyes have been opened lately. I think that I’m savvier because of it, and I can’t shake the feeling that these kind writers have helped me avoid years of wandering down paths that won’t lead me to my goal. So thanks. I really, really mean it. I hope you realize how much your advice and encouragement means to me.
Aaaaaaand…I’ve been swamped with rejections lately. This doesn’t bother me.
Pieces out: 37
Goal: 40. Eventually.