Couple more weeks and a bunch more submissions to agents, and as of now I’ve pretty much exhausted my list of agents to query. I have probably about another ten or so that require specific instruction submissions that I will get to in December, but for now I’ve got a whole bunch of queries out there, so I’m just going to wait a bit. Also had a couple requests for the manuscript, so keeping my fingers crossed for those.
And here’s the updated scoreboard for Nothing is an Accident:
Work continues well on the big manuscript submission of 2011 with Nothing is an Accident. I continue to stick to my schedule of Monday through Friday, with submitting to five agents per day to keep the numbers up. With the agent I received a request for the manuscript for, it was eventually rejected, but then shortly after I received another request from another agent for more manuscript, so now I’m keeping my fingers with this one. I’ve also been in contact with a couple big name author friends of mine, hitting them up for possible agents they might know to submit to, and I’ve gotten a few more from them to do this with. And as for my numbers on how many agents I’ve submitted to, how many rejected, here are the stats:
As I indicated in the previous Nothing is an Accident progress report, the manuscript is now as done as I believe it’s going to be, and I was moving onto the next step of beginning to submit the manuscript through a query, synopsis and sample to every agent I can find looking for mystery/thrillers. And here’s the first update on how it’s going so far.
I have begun submitting to a number of agents, after making a tracking spreadsheet of all the details on various agents looking for mystery/thrillers. So far I have had two rejections, which is good in that I received a reply in a short time, as opposed to waiting weeks and even months to get a response.
The great news I have also had from an agent is a response and request for the full manuscript. The even bigger news about this was that it was to an agent in New York, and I sent off the request after 4PM eastern time, meaning the agent was already out at the office, so to speak, and received a response in just over an hour after sending out the submission. And then the true icing on the cake was this awesome and exciting response from the agent:
“Wow, would love to see where your story is headed. Please send us the manuscript. I look forward to reading your manuscript.
Sent from my iPad”
It made my day, and week in fact.
And now that I have begun this long journey into submitting to agents, I’m reminded of the hurdles that both James Rollins and N. K. Jemisin made, which they talked about in their interviews, of hitting milestones with agents, and celebrating those milestones . . . also since we’re coming into the last couple of months of baseball season, right now it’s all about the stats. So below you will find the scoreboard for August 25th for Nothing is an Accident:
Yep, it’s done. The manuscript is as edited and finished as it’s going to get, and so we come to the end of the editing/”finishing touches” stage of the novel, and now on to the next big stage: submissions! I’ll begin with a barrage of simultaneous submissions to every agent I can find who is looking for mystery/thriller, as well as any publishers accepting unagented manuscripts to begin with. We’ll see how it goes . . .
For now, it feels great to be finally done with this manuscript I’ve been wrestling with for the last couple of years. And now it’ll be back to working on and writing my other two manuscripts: the science fiction White Horse, and historical fantasy Wyrd.
And the final word count:
Well, it took a little while longer, but combined with my trans-Atlantic flying over the last couple of weeks, and some intense days of getting over jet lag and working away this week, I’ve reached the end of the edit of Nothing is an Accident. W00t! Now I just need to input all the changes from the hard copy, make the scene additions, fixes and changes that I made notes for while doing this edit, and once all that’s done, this sucker should be done and ready to show itself to the world!
The penultimate edit continues well into Nothing is an Accident, up to page 208. I’ve been sticking with the goal of five pages a day on weeks when I’m editing, and this is leading to some good headway. Later this week I’ll be hopping on a plane to England for my brother’s wedding. What this has to do with NIAA is that my plan is to print out the rest of the manuscript in hard copy form and I hope to get all of the rest of the editing done while waiting for flights, and during these long 10-hour transatlantic flights, with the goal of having this edit completely done in a little less than two weeks time. Here’s hoping. I may even be able to start shopping this around to agents by mid Fall!
Progressed well this week with edits on Nothing is an Accident. Past the hundred page mark, so almost a third of the way through the manuscript. May even shoot for doing at least some sort of editing during the “off week” when I’m working on other projects, just because the editing is flowing along nicely, plus I’m getting hooked into the story once again and wanting to move along to work on what happens next, see what needs tweaking and editing, and continue to get engrossed in the story.
It’s been quite some time since the last progress report on Nothing is an Accident, which is the whole reason for this particular update and why I’m changing things around a little. In my writing goals for this year I’d planned to complete a penultimate and final edit of the manuscript by the end of the year. At this current rate, I was going to be lucky if I got half way through the penultimate edit when December rolled around. I just wasn’t getting the work done week to week, as the other projects kept getting in the way. Then when I switched to just working on White Horse, things should’ve gotten easier, but they didn’t. I was doing plenty of writing but not enough editing.
I’ve now decided to go back to a similar schedule from earlier with working on one project one week and another project another. Basically one week I’ll be working on writing White Horse, and on another I’ll be working on editing NIAA. That way it will get done, which is the key. My goal, just as it is with 500 words a day, Monday through Friday, with regards to writing, will be to edit at least three pages a day Monday through Friday on the particular week I’m working on NIAA.
And we’ll see how that goes. And they’ll be the counter at the bottom of these updates (as well as on the site) to keep me encouraged and hopeful!
This is the first NIAA progress report. NIAA, or Nothing is an Accident is a mystery/thriller novel I finished about two years ago and have been going through a number of edits since then. At the moment I’m looking at doing two more edits: a thorough one with feedback from the Unwritten Writing Group, as well as my own notes; and then one quick last one which’ll be it. Then it will be time to start sending it out. I’m shooting to hopefully have this all done by summer or at the latest by the end of the year.
Now that I have White Horse well on its way, and Wyrd outlined and up and running, it was time to come back to the last few run-through with NIAA.
Today made some good progress, getting the two first chapters down and done to a place where I’m happy with them. Notes from the group and my own are helping to iron out that last details and confusing parts so it’s finished and complete. Still got quite a ways to go, but the penultimate edit is in full swing.