26 April, 2013
What is your biggest writing fear?
What do you think you won't be able to accomplish with your writing, and how do you plan to overcome it?
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Ash Litton is a writer and lover of sci-fi, fantasy, and all things fictional. She is the author of Thoroughbred, Evening Hallow, Comeuppance, and Cabover Cabaret, and works on other Appalachian Dream Tales between her ongoing novel projects. She's also written No Diet, No Surgery, No Sweat, an ebook chronicling her weight-loss journey.
When she's not writing, she's drawing, and when she's not doing either of those, she's dreaming up new projects to work on. Born and raised in rural West Virginia, Ash has always wondered what things lay hidden in the hills around her. She attended West Virginia University, where she studied the English language before returning home to her family in rural West Virginia.
I have two writing fears: 1) Never finding an agent to represent my books and 2) Getting published and the book not selling very many copies. Fear #1 is the dominant one.ReplyDelete
See, my husband and I do not have kids, but we'd like to have at least one child on this earth two years from now. Well, I know that when I eventually have kids, it will be harder to find time for myself to write. That's why I feel I must find an agent soon. My 2013 goal is to find an agent to represent me, then after that, I can breathe.
First off, good wishes on the baby-front! I have several friends right now who are pregnant or planning, who also write novels, so fear not, it can be done!Delete
Secondly, I haven't started my mini-quest for an agent yet, but just gaging by what other friends and acquaintances have done, you could be 40-50 queries in before an agent ever responds with a "Maybe". I'm thinking, just via my own research, that it's the quality of your query vs. the quantity of agents queried. I would treat it like any other résumé, and update the query periodically -- if one version doesn't work, maybe another will. :)