Wednesday, November 4, 2015

IWSG November: You Don't Give Up

I can't believe it's already NOVEMBER! That means Christmas is right around the corner—yikes!

And since it's the first Wednesday of the month, that means it's time for another group posting of the IWSG! A big thank you to the creator of this wonderful group, Alex Cavanaugh. And for anyone who wants to join us, it's never too late. Go HERE to sign up or learn more about the group. And, as always, thank you to the co-hosts for the month!

So, there isn't much to report. The agent I did the R&R for decided to pass on that project, but good news—she invited me to send her anything I thought might be a good fit. I decided to send her a little blurb about one of my adult contemporary romances and she responded that she'd love to read it! I sent it off to her and now I'm waiting to hear back. In the meantime, I've decided to send out more queries for Middle of Knowhere, and when I've exhausted all my query options, I'll start submitting to any publishers who accept work from unagented authors. So, if you know of a publisher who accepts YA, let me know! :)

 I'm happy to have a game plan, but I'm still feeling a little overwhelmed. Inspiration for another book hasn't struck yet (or, I guess I should say, stuck yet), and I keep hoping there will be something that triggers that desire to write again. Oh well, I don't want to focus only on the negatives. And now that I've given you the update on what's going on, let's have some fun!

I figured this is appropriate since Thanksgiving is just around the corner...

This is how I feel about this awesome IWSG group:

This is what I tell myself when I start to feel overwhelmed with the whole querying/publishing process:

*I will BE so relaxed*

And this is what I keep telling myself in spite of it all (and this is what you should tell yourself too):

Even though things aren't necessarily falling into place the way I want them too, I'm still not giving up. And neither should you.


  1. I loved reading this post, Kristin. You're so right - we should never give up hope. I hope the agent likes your novel - fingers crossed! Don't worry about not having any inspiration - I find it tends to strike when I least expect it :). Good luck with your writing!

  2. Fingers crossed for the romance you sent to the agent!

    It sounds like you're on the right track and have a good plan in place. And maybe the new idea is just waiting to arrive after the holidays when there's less hoopla.... :)

  3. Argh. I just got a pass on an R&R I did for an agent too. That one stung, since I'd passed up an offer of rep from a brand new agent to do the revision for the more experienced one. But I suppose I have a tighter manuscript to keep querying. Hang in there. Sounds like this agent likes your ideas. :)

  4. Yay for the interest, even if you got a pass on the R&R. I hope you find some inspiration sticking soon. Still, it sounds like you've got a lot of ideas that might come back around.

    And that turkey-head gif is almost painful to look at. :D

  5. Gaining interest from an agent is such a huge thing. Congrats & best of luck. And I love the turkey gif. Hysterical.

  6. Any time an agent sends you positive news is a reason to celebrate. Congratulations! You'll come up with a new idea that will inspire you to write soon enough. Take a small break and celebrate the agent's response.

  7. Brava, lady! You picked the perfect gifs. =) So w/you on the don't give up just b/c it's hard.

  8. Hope she likes the second story!
    My publisher takes young adult.

  9. That's right, you DON"T give up!!! LOVE this post . . . and Monica with the turkey? Always a classic for me lol

    Congrats and best of luck!!! You got this!!! :D

  10. The agent passed because your book belongs someplace else. And when that hits, you'll realize how perfect that is.

  11. I agree with LIz A., and also, it's the stick-to-it-tive-ness and the ability to change courses when something may not work out exactly the way we planned. Just because I see a scenario one way in my head NOW, doesn't necessarily mean that it won't happen later on. It's wonderful too that your agent likes your work and wants to work WITH you. That speaks volumes as well! Cheers!

  12. I think that relationship with an agent is an important first step. Many, many, MANY authors have landed agents that way! But submit it to other agents while you're working up different things to send to this agent. That's how I landed my book. It was rejected by another agent who had asked me to do extensive revisions on it.

  13. That's a shame about the R&R, but how exciting that this agent was still interested in seeing one of your other manuscripts. Wishing you all the luck! Querying is such a long and draining process, for sure...

  14. Sorry the agent passed on the R & R, but that's great about the adult romance. Good luck with it!! Never give up! You'll find the right place for your work.


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