Busy, busy, the novel’s done and I’m in the query letter process. Next on the agenda is creating an author’s bio which, given I’m unpublished, is proving to be a challenge. So far, the hardest part in all this has been taking care of myself. A couple weeks ago, my writing group fell apart because I objected to another member using the name of one of my characters. He refused to see it was a problem. I refused to let it go. This wasn’t the first time this sort of thing had come up but I’d never fought back. Baby steps, I took it as a sign to finally start pushing the novel. In the meantime, check out this response I got to a query I sent out last week. No deal as such but totally took the sting out of having a story rejected the day before.
“THIS, Ms. Donegal, is some of the most delightful stuff I have read in a very long time.
(Thank you for sending it to me.)
I wish I could steal your attack for myself ('though don't worry, I'm incapable).
The pace is somewhat frightening to me, but I'm a Jane Austen kinda reader and I think Damon Runyon is as close as I might get to your self-confident gait.
I'll be looking at it again, I'm sure, when I have more time and fewer worries (and so, who knows when that will be...)
Meanwhile, very interesting stuff. Pure entertainment.
(Who is your agent? Forgive me, I have not been following your career--and am too entangled in other thing to look into it right now-- who publishes it and is your work in print?
I'd say your work is smart, delightful, clever and (I know I need a fourth, but can't quite put my finger on it).
Thank you again,
I am extremely pleased that you sent me this small piece of your very good work, about that I could not be more sincere,
richard mansfield, editor