Welcome to my blog, which will chronicle my journey of getting my young adult novel, The Girl in a Picture Frame, published.
To be honest, the process is completely overwhelming. I’ve scoured books and the internet to try to gain as much information as possible before I send out my query letters, which are basically the lifeline to getting published. If your hook isn’t strong, the literary agent may not read past the first paragraph. If your letter doesn’t follow the proper format, chances are it will get tossed. If it has a grammatical error, you may as well hang it up and go back to your day job.
I get it. I really do. Imagine receiving hundreds of query letters a week, all asking for the same thing. Your letter not only has to be pitch-perfect, it also has to have the perfect pitch.
It’s also daunting coming up with a list of literary agents who are a good fit for me. There are just so dang many of them! I’m a daydreamer by nature, so when I hone in on certain agents, when I read interviews they’ve given, when I check out their blogs, I have a tendency to get carried away. I have imaginary conversations with them when I’m on my way to pick the kids up from school. I envision that first call when they land my publishing deal. I mentally pack my suitcase for my first trip to meet them face-to-face.
Before I pencil in my book tour and Today Show interview, however, I need to have a reality check. Do you know how many writers actually get calls back from interested agents, especially first-time novelists without relevant publishing credits or awards? The statistics are not good.
But I believe in myself and I believe in The Girl in a Picture Frame. Writing in the young adult genre is such a natural and comfortable fit for me, and I truly think that older teen girls will connect to Anna Michaels, the book’s narrator. I also think that I’ll find an audience with women my age who are feeling nostalgic for their college days, who question the choices they made back then, and who want to live vicariously through Anna for a few hours and remember what that first kiss with the guy of your dreams feels like.
So please check back often and feel free to give me your feedback and suggestions. If there's one thing I've learned from all of my research into the publishing process, an open mind is key.