Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Janna: Unplugged

I did it. I actually made it through the weekend without getting online. And I didn't have any withdrawal symptoms! Oh, I could have logged on; two brothers-in-law had laptops (with wireless internet), and a sister-in-law had her does-it-all cell phone. But I rather enjoyed being "unplugged." And though I took Sally, my AlphaSmart, I didn't use her either. I did a lot of reading, a lot of eating, and spent quality time with my husband's family. It was a grand weekend, full of fodder for my writing. (Don't ask what I did that my sisters-in-law dared me to do...) How can one go wrong with any of that?

I didn't have anything pertinent waiting in my inbox when I returned, rejection or otherwise. What I want to know is, when days pass with no reply, does it mean A) they've not had the time to look at my query yet, period B) they didn't like it and have moved on to other stuff, without letting me know or C) they think they kinda like my storyline and they're stewing over whether or not to request more from me? Yeah, I know it could be any of these things. But it's the not knowing that's toughest.

I do feel a renewed surge over Novel 2. I haven't touched it in a few weeks, but at last sit-down I'd made my way through part of the second chapter. I need to revisit it and get to work, so as not to fritter any time away. I think it would work to my advantage if, once an agent expresses interest in working with me, I can say I've conceptualized and begun work on a second book.

What about you? What's big for you? What are you working on right now?

14 comments:

Melanie Avila said...

Welcome back!

I'm trying to finish this draft before the 23rd, when we leave for Acapulco. I'm pretty close but since I haven't outlined I'm not sure if something else will happen at the end.

(wow - a new twist just popped into my head as I wrote that, 'pooky)

This draft is on the short side, but I know I'll fill it out when I type it up.

WendyCinNYC said...

I'm still working on my same ole WIP right now. Almost done tinkering with it, though, and I'm considering sending my query out to a couple of "test" agents before the big push.

I wouldn't read too much into the lack of response. It's August, and I'd assume many agents are on vacation.

Janna Qualman said...

Thanks, Melanie! Can't wait to hear if the new twist pans out for you.

Wendy, you're right. I'd lost sight of the fact that it's vacation season. Thanks for reminding me! :)

Janna Qualman said...

Oh, and I can't wait to hear about your test run!

colbymarshall said...

I'm working on trying to get an idea for something to work on. Wait--strike that--I have plenty of ideas, just none that are jumping out at me as the NEXT one.

Joanne said...

Hi Janna, Welcome back. I'm in the same place as you, querying a completed novel. I'm also querying a memoir at the same time, but not as actively. And I keep busy in the dreaded waiting time writing small articles and such on the side. Happy writing!

Janna Qualman said...

By the sounds of it though, Colby, you've been busy with lots of other stuff! :) Maybe somethin'll jump soon.

Janna Qualman said...

That's a lot you've got going there, Joanne. Best of luck with it all!

Janet said...

Working on the major revisions. I'm not good at all at multi-tasking, so that's enough.

Joshua said...

its nice to unplug every now and then and just enjoy simplier things. Plus, if were ever head back to the Stone Age for one reason or another, you'll keep your sanity while little yuppies lose their freaking minds! lol

Janna Qualman said...

Way to look at it, Josh! :D lol

Michele said...

I've unplugged before too, Janna. It's so refreshing to just clear your head and rest your eyes from the ole 'puter! ;-)

Here's to lots of inspiration and GOOD NEWS about your book!!!!

*smiles and hugs*
Michele

Terri Tiffany said...

Trying to add 10000 words to the word count of my completed book so I can submit it. Not easy but acutally very interesting. ALso have two other books all but done-- but like you-- I jump around!

Janna Qualman said...

Terri, I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who likes to jump around! :)