Tallying My Rejections

Perhaps it is too premature to record my failures at publishing my first novel (though I’ve begun it a while ago). Perhaps it is best to wait till hindsight to put forth, the seeming cul-de-sac, that is amassing rejection letters. Perhaps, I’m not so intelligent and thus do it now.

I have two major types of rejections.

Six I assumed rejection due to no response despite my fluttering eyelashes.

Seven, actual rejection letters. These vary from totally informal/near-automated response to ‘personal’ or at least, more personal than impersonal letters. Complete with one apologizing for the impersonalness of the what I assumed ‘personal rejection letter’ would be like (I’m deprived).

I recently sent out two new queries.

I think it’s prudent to understand that I’ve established ’rounds’. That is to say, I only send out a few queries per ’round’. Between each, I refine/edit the query, go back over ‘how to query’ guides, and so forth.

I have noticed, after my third official iteration of my query letter, I’ve gotten nearly always a rejection letter. (I used ProWritingAid. I purchased the lifetime license and so far worth it. Just be mindful when using it, not everything it suggests you should change you should change.) But, so far, only rejection letters. I suppose that’s obvious from everything aforementioned but.

Although I have yet to have anything published, and thus probably a terrible candidate to mention anything about perseverance, but, I do believe a relentlessness is necessary. But, not a blind perseverance. If you notice your query needs revamping, or even your manuscript, do not be afraid to (within reason) edit.

If there is anything I can mention so far, that might improve your outlook should you be (or will be) querying as well, that don’t fear reworking what you have. Editing and changing can lead to better reception, and a better overall work. I’ve redone the ending of my book, added entire near-chapter’s worth of content, and scrapped chapter’s worth of content. I don’t advice editing beyond what sanity would recommend, but it has helped me improve upon my work, and it may for you too. Since several edits of both my manuscript as well as my query, I’m actually getting responses now.

Hopefully, eventually, the Grand Order will be published lest this post be a mark of my silliness.

 

 

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Tallying My Rejections

05.1.18 近況

Five rejection letters and the novelty has dulled. (I’ve sent many more, but only have gotten few responses) Now comes the greater endeavor: enduring the rejections soon to come. To withstand the doubt that will laminate my perception. However, should I armor myself, perhaps I’ll survive long enough to stumble upon an agent that sees my work’s value.

Otherwise, I’ll disband from this quest, and my work either collects dust, or enters commercial dominion through my own unaided efforts. Where, it will be for the public to praise or ridicule, without myself having knowledge of it’s worth from the eyes of an agent or publisher.

Either reality may come to pass, however, I do hope my original goal sees fruition. After-all, recourse is never attractive after witnessing your failure.


Less chipper than I’d like, but the point of this is to let my thoughts come out.

I’ll have to work on devising something more charming to write. Or discover some sort of unique quality I might posses that I can share with others.

See Part 2 of my Rejections here.

 

05.1.18 近況

04.01.18 近況

The chaos that dwells within my mind must remain, lest I bore those I love.

It is a truth upon which I continually stumble. Frustrating, but understandable. But, frustrating. As I have scarce output for the things going on inside my mind. It builds alienation, loneliness.

People don’t care about my book, nor my characters. They aren’t interested in mythical constructs I’ve made nor the conflicts or deaths. And it’s just a fact I have to live with.

These characters and events within my mind will annoy only me, until I finally, possibly, find an audience who shares an interest; a connection. And then, they too can be annoyed by these fictional people.

04.01.18 近況

Of Naming Fictional Jobs

So I searched for ‘tips on naming fictional jobs’ into google–and spent an inordinate amount of time pursuing eventual dead ends.  I’ve drafted many names for the various jobs, species, and so forth in my book, and many times end up going back to the original name; the less specific name that could easily be confused with it’s native meaning.

But, back to the point. I searched. And searched. But alas the results were on naming characters. Or name generators. Or fantasy jobs, as in jobs only found within books, but not jobs that required one to invent a name for it.

Nothing.

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An overreaction on my part.

Rowling picked the name auror. This name, as far as I can tell checking through Notre Dame’s English to Latin dictionary, the root, aur, has lots of readings. I searched the root, the full and the suffix–but nothing about it screamed ‘wizard cop’, so I assume she chose it because maybe she liked the sound of it and maybe the meaning to overlay with gold sounded appealing. I don’t know her reasons–but it makes me think that perhaps even if my naming doesn’t have a ‘hard connection’ or any connection, that maybe it’s still okay.

The point being that while my knowledge in Latin is incredibly limited–it seems as though she had fun and that auror doesn’t directly relate to the occupation’s purpose.

I have within my own book several instances where an invented term would suit the occupation rather than just pulling from common words.  But whether to invent a new word or to build off of an existing one has left me confused, frustrated, and on the verge of just leaving the common names for these supernatural jobs at peace.

Perhaps there is no concrete way of doing it. But still, I’ll continue searching.

 

Of Naming Fictional Jobs

Of Changing POV -Jami Gold

Head-hopping is something I do constantly–granted when I do it, it’s done though a scene change–however, I forget to mark it in some way.

For those who do head-hopping and want some advice on changing POV here’s helpful bit:

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Today’s a holiday in the U.S., so I’m dusting off and updating a post from the archives. While you’re here, don’t forget to comment on my Blogiversary post for a chance to win “me.” Want me to beta read for you or pick my brain about a writing or story problem? Now’s your chance! *grin*

The old version of this post recently came up in one of my writing loops because many beginning writers want to share everything they know about their characters and their story. We see this issue in information dumps of backstory or story research. And we also see this issue in the desire to share everything that every character is thinking and feeling.

However, once we gain experience, we realize it’s good for readers to have questions and to figure things out from the subtext. The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi is excellent at giving suggestion on how to show emotion, both from the point-of-view (POV) character as well as from a non-POV character. Simply wanting the reader to know the emotions of another character is not a reason to switch POV. *smile*

Once we’ve determined a POV change is really needed—think emotional arcs, plot turning points, or who has the most at risk—we need to know how to do changes in close third person POV properly. I hope you enjoy!

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Of Lore Appendices

So a plan of mine is to include excerpts at the end of the work from various texts within my novels.

Such as a newspaper clipping, so not to bore the reader too deeply–I’ll include the article the character actually read in it’s entirety at the end of the book.

I’ve always found things like this to be a way to realize the fictional world a bit more.

Somethings we see in the world aren’t of interest to us. In a sense, some things like a news article, reference materiel or hypothesis,  although relevant to the plot, may not be an entertaining read. Even still, it exists and creates a more realistic world.

I shall continue with me ponderings.

Of Lore Appendices

Lore Betwixt Chapters

So, I play a lot of video games–by a lot I mean, very few, but I play them to death.


Recently I’ve been quite kept with Skyrim and Fallout–and in both, during loading screens, lore is displayed (Okay, with Skyrim I think it’s mostly thanks to a mod but still).

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I have grown quite attached to this idea–and I love excerpts from works within a novel to be put on display for me in such a way that I could skip it just fine, but if I read it, I’d glimpse into that world more deeply.

I’m currently in the process of adding these between chapters. I even added a relative quote by one of the protagonists of my book in the very beginning. It feels like it’s been something my manuscript has been needing.


Thoughts on this? I’m doing it regardless–but I’m quite interested in the different sides.

Lore Betwixt Chapters