Happy New Year! Today is the first post of 2013 for the IWSG hosted by the incredible Alex J. Cavanaugh. It is a great group and one that you really should think about joining if you haven't already.
This is two-fold, because I need to write my goals down somewhere. I used to be the kind of person who would set resolutions that were just plain ridiculous and I would drive myself crazy trying to meet them. I've learned to mellow out a little bit, to set goals that are a bit more reasonable. Here are a few.
1. Read 45 books this year. I got to 42 last year, and that counted time from any thinking with post-ankle surgery stupor. I've tried for 50 two years in a row and haven't hit it, so I'm seeing if this is achievable first.
2. Write Book Idea Two that has been marinating in my head while I was working on One. I think I can do it in a year, knowing more now than before.
3. Revise and Query Book One. I'm one of those who has done some things backwards - working on getting right sided again.
4. Get back in the habit of going to the gym. This is a big change from previous goals for me, which would often involved train for, or burn # calories a workout. I want to be healthy, but I also want to have something resembling energy at the end of the day.
5. Be aware of what and who I love and make me happy. Do more of these things, spend more time with these people, and if it doesn't fit in these two categories, quit giving it continuous priority.
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And then my mind wonders about the querying thing. I have a CP whose middle grade novel is AMAZING, and she has been querying and getting full requests all over the place, and those are all followed with "This is great and I love it, but it's not quite right for me."
I know I'll had rejections. I know not everyone who reads my book will like it. The part that is giving me a serious wondering is "What if this was a practice novel?" I have a couple other partials that I'm not nearly as committed to, stories that I played with when I was figuring out what kind of writing I could do best. I really want those to be the practice novels. Not this one.
I know I'm completely jumping the gun, but everyone must have had these thoughts before, right? How do you tell them to shut up, or do they motivate you? Have you had a practice novel? And, I know about querytracker, but are there other places where you like to go to look at agents?