Tales of a Writing Teen

When you think of teenagers, do you think of lazy, punk, kids, who are spoiled brats and do nothing? I want to change your idea of teens. We're determined. We're motivated. We're busier than ever. We have dreams. Mine is to be a writer, and I'm working toward it.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

The Waiting Game

Not much has been going on lately, except I got two more full requests. One of them ended up being rejected, but one is under consideration by Sonia Pabley. Wish me luck with that!

All this waiting requires patience. I'm going to reiterate what writers, editors, and agents have said many times before me. The publishing business is a waiting game. Before you begin submitting, you hear this, but you really don't know it. Now, I'm joining the ranks that do know it.

I believe since I've started querying, I have become more patient. I'm not as anxious all the time, though I still have my moments and just wish I'd get an offer of representation already.

In other news, I finished the first draft of my WIP and am working on the second draft. It's around thirty thousand some words, and most YA novels are at least 50,000 words. I am going to have to pad a lot.


At 12:07 AM, Anonymous Tori said...

This probably goes unsaid, but make sure it is essential 'padding'. A good agent or publisher will be able to tell what was put in to make the piece more colourful and realistic (good thing!) and what was put in to add to the word count (bad thing!) :-) Keep it up! You're doing great.

At 3:44 PM, Blogger Lisa McMann said...

You go, girl.

My YA that is being shopped by my agent to editors right now is under 40k words, so don't fret about the length just yet.

I like your blog.


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