My Manuscript

Well, I finally finished my query letter!  I’ve got to be honest, I never thought it would be so difficult to write a one-page letter.  But, as a couple of my creative writing professors have pointed out in the past, I am a loquacious person.  Of course it’s hard for me to fit everything I want to say onto one page.

So, as I get ready to begin the whole process of querying, I’m still not going to give away too much about my manuscript, but I thought I could at least share a little more about it.

This is the second manuscript I have completed.  It is the first manuscript that I have edited three times over and allowed other people to read and critique.  These people include my family (of course), friends, strangers, and even my high school English teacher.  I have gotten a lot of constructive feedback, helpful advice, and words of encouragement, all of which I appreciate immensely.  

This idea is one that has evolved over the course of about four years.  I must have started trying to write it about five times before I finally found a formula, plot, and characters that really worked.   

There is one character in the manuscript that has been around since the very beginning.  He is the only one that never changed.  

The official word count is 78,631.   

A few years ago, when I was working on a different manuscript, I kept going back, reading it, and thinking that I didn’t like it as much as I thought I did while I was writing it.  I liked the characters, but there was no real point to the story, no conflict, no direction, and that always bothered me.  However, I’ve gone back and read my new manuscript multiple times, and I am happy (and a little shocked) to discover I always like even more than I did while I was writing it.  

I have already begun writing the sequel to this manuscript.  In fact, I had the sequel planned out before I knew what was going to happen in the first one.

Encouraging Words

I got my manuscript back from my friend’s writer friend.  She had nothing but kind and encouraging word for me, and I can’t even begin to describe how much I appreciate her taking the time to read and comment.  

So now that I’ve read her notes, I guess the next step is completing and sending out the query letters!  Does anyone else find writing a short synapsis of their manuscript really difficult?  Because this is harder than writing my entire novel.  

Anyone have any words of wisdom?  

Finding an Agent

So, in the past few weeks, I’ve been doing a lot of research on literary agents.  I have a list going of whom I want to query, but to be honest, the whole process is intimidating and a little confusing.  Not the writing a letter part, but trying to decide whom to query.  The problem isn’t the agencies.  They are all very helpful and resourceful and specific about what kind of literature they want to represent.  

My problem is I’m not sure what my genre my book is.  

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a big fan of Meg Cabot and Nicholas Sparks.  I like to think my book and my writing style are a bit of a combination of the two.  I’m not as quirky or girly as Meg Cabot and I’m not as steamy or mushy as Nicholas Sparks, but my story has several similar elements to both authors. 

Off the bat, I’m tempted to say the closest fit I can figure for my manuscript would be Paranormal/Romance, because there are ghosts and there is a little romance.  The problem is that whenever I hear the words “Paranormal/Romance,” I think of Twilight and all the other supernatural love stories it’s spawned inspired over the years.  You know, the ones with really dramatic titles, pink and purple and dark blue covers mixed with black and silver, and a ridiculously attractive person staring down at the ground and looking pensive.  That is not my story at all.  Yeah, my story has paranormal elements (ghosts), but there are no fallen angels, vampires, witchcraft schools, half-humans, or anything of the sort and the romance is light, fluffy, and clean (I try to keep my work PG-13).  There are also elements of suspense (because hello, we need a plot), character development, revelations along the way, and, if you want to read it in such a way, a touch of Christianity and spirituality mixed in.  All in all, however, it is a general work of fiction with a few ghosts thrown in.   

For the record, this is the most I’ve ever written about my book online.  It has been copyrighted, but I’m still not ready to post too much more information, such as title, characters, etc…  Don’t want to give it all away!  I’m just hoping that I might figure out what to do as far as pitching/query goes.  Or maybe, if I’m lucky, someone might see this post and offer me some guidance!

A girl can hope! 

Anyway, thanks for reading and if you have any advice or input, I’d be glad to receive it.