Saturday, January 9, 2010

Reducing the backlog

By my current count, I have six book-length manuscripts and two novella-length manuscripts in need of homes. Yes, three of the books are sequels so they don't really count, but that's still a lot of books that are just languishing on my harddrive.

Yesterday my employer (a college) closed due to the weather--not much snow, but ice on the roads and no chance of it melting until probably tomorrow afternoon--so I spent most of the day getting manuscripts ready to send off. I mailed two, emailed one. I also went over The Dragon Whisperer, my NaNo book that I thought needed so much work. Turns out it holds up just fine at the length of 41,000 words, so I did some minor revisions and found a small publisher that might want it. I emailed the submission this morning.

I feel good now that I've got some possibilities out there. Now I just need to buckle down and finish the Bell-Men rewrites before the world ends in 2012 or whatever, because if I can get the rewrite done correctly and then the edits, I think this one will nab me an agent. Of course, I thought the same thing about The Taste of Magic last year and no one wants it, but, well, that was last year.

15 comments:

Cate Gardner said...

Ooh, good luck, Kate.

K.C. Shaw said...

Thanks! It'll be several months at least before I start to hear back, so I'm going to do my best to forget all about these subs.

Jamie Eyberg said...

Wishing you the best of luck finding everyone a good home.

K.C. Shaw said...

Thanks!

Natalie L. Sin said...

Sending happy submission thoughts your way! : )

K.C. Shaw said...

Thanks! I've just sent off a few more queries, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Aaron Polson said...

Sending my best vibes. Waiting definately sucks. Bell-men is going to nab all of us an agent. I'm just not sure how.

K.C. Shaw said...

Bell-Men is going to save the world!

Jeremy Kelly said...

Waiting really sucks, I agree.

I hope we all find agents at least a little while before 2012 so they can at least do a little work for us.

Good luck.

K.C. Shaw said...

At least we've got a two-year window of opportunity before the end. :)

Danielle Ferries said...

Marathon effort. Fingers crossed for your submissions.

K.C. Shaw said...

Thanks! It's a nice change to have some work out there. Now I need to write some more short stories.

Anne Spollen said...

The waiting game...still, you have an amazing amount of stuff done. Good luck on getting them all homes!

K.C. Shaw said...

Thanks! I hope they're winging their ways to new nests even as we speak. :)

LMEighmy said...

I am a lousy editor. I finish a book, do a little proofreading, then that's it. :/ I'm just no good at editing my work.

Especially when I come up with more great ideas that I want to write about. ;)

I hope the submissions all work out!