So my husband reminded me that I originally started this blog to chronicle my attempts to get published b/c IF I do become a published author it'd be cool to have a sort of timeline of what I was doing.
So, I'm thinking of doing quick Sunday updates in addition to more fun to read Wednesday posts. This one's a bit longer than I eventually intend them to be.
Here's where I'm at: I recently finished a fifth draft of my MG Fantasy because I needed to add more tension and a clearer villain from the outset. I also tried to get rid of all extraneous stuff from my first few chapters because they were dragging a bit (and I'm a little worried they're still too slow, but I feel like I NEED everything else).
I queried on both my third and fourth drafts of this book, and (according to my spreadsheet) I've already put out 21 queries, and not one of those got a hit. That was what helped me to realize I need to do something different. I'm sad I "wasted" 21 agents, but I re-revamped my first chapter, my plot, and my query letter, so here's hoping! And, really, I wouldn't have improved the book if it weren't for those 21 agents.
I also recently joined the Bransford forums to get online critiques of my queries and excerpts (and for fun), and I have one CP (critique partner) I don't know in person through there. I'm thinking of expanding that, but it is quite hard to write, have a life, keep up with social media, and work full time, so some weeks are slower than others, and I don't always get everything done that I'd like.
Wish me luck!