It hasn’t yet been a week since my last post, but I’m cracking down on my “plans” now, only in a different way. No rules! First of all, people and their opinions are just that: people and their opinions. That’s who we are. We all have them.
I am used to rejection. I’ve received it my entire life, and perhaps getting countless rejection letters from countless art galleries, granting institutions, and residencies have just made me grow a thicker skin. Writing, for sure, has been a lot different for me. It’s harder. However, getting rejected from agencies and publishers don’t bother me as much as being disrespected by other writers. It’s a memoir curse. But whatever, I’ll get over it though.
As hard as this field of dreams may be, like in art, I must push on. Pushing on gets your mind off of how hard it is. And this, though sad, confusing, and unfortunate, also feels so promising and inspiring. All (aspiring to be published) writers should look it over. It proves that it’s all about the random opinion of people on the receiving end of your work — something you can only control so much of. You can find that one editor that believes in your book and your writing, or it could fall into the hands of some guy that ate something bad. It doesn’t matter how great it is. If you read some of the books out there — even on the Best Seller’s list, you need not be any good at all.
I’ve been writing and rewriting my query letter and synopsis over and over. Each time, I think it’s better. I think it’s more “streamlined,” meaning it’s more to the point, more relevant to what the story is about (it’s true bones), and as concise as I can make it. I’ve taken it from 425 words to 300, just today. This is the “thing” that agents want you to write, as if it will be on the back or on the jacket of your published book. Though, your publicist should absolutely rewrite it. It’s extremely hard to write in the third person about yourself and be objective. It’s good for me to find good things about the story/me/my writing, but it’s hard.
Now, I’m about to work on the first paragraph of the summary, which is different from the synopsis. That is written in the first person and it’s more like a pitch. I’ve been reading some of Marilyn Davis’ articles on Two Drops of Ink about how to think about summaries and tag lines. She has a lot of good food for thought.
So yesterday, I worked on this site most of the day. Maybe you can take a look around and see all the tweaking I did! I added more top navigation, wrote a whole history about the book and this site, and put up an actual writing resume.
As always, thanks for reading.