It’s still a looong way to go until I get my book published. Granted, the story is complete (though it is still heavy revisions and is currently being reviewed by a couple of people) but I still have to format the draft into a manuscript, have it proofread, copy-edited, and find an agent that would represent me and my book. Yep, my journey to getting the first book of Winged published has pretty much only just begun. Perhaps I’m already standing on the second step of a 10-or-100-step staircase. Still a pretty long journey but one that I am psyched about nonetheless.
Of course, I could self-publish it, but I’d rather walk on the traditional (and painstakingly hard but amazingly wonderful) path. Right now, as I am awaiting the review of a select few people, I’m writing my Query Letter–the letter that I am going to send to agents who would, hopefully, find it interesting enough and to their liking that they would represent me and my book to a publisher or a publishing house.
Writing a pitch and a query letter is hard. Harder than coming up with a title for the book, name for the characters, the plot and the whole book itself. I’ve been revising, reading, revising (rinse and repeat) the letter for a while now (I’m not touching the draft until I get a hold of the reviews).
I’m very thankful for the people who are helping me with writing it (especially the NaNo-ers) and giving me constructive criticisms and advice on how to go about the whole thing. Feel kind a big deal of regret for not having gone through with this while my uncle was still alive. He was the reason (apart from the fact that I really do love to write…and to read) why I wanted to go through and have my book published (after he had praised it and told me that I had a lot to learn with preparing a manuscript and stating that I have a couple of problems with punctuation marks, XD).
Anyways, hopefully, by the time the reviews come in and I’ve edited my draft for the umpteenth time, have the book proofread and copy-edited, that I would have created the perfect pitch and query letter to go along with my book. Fingers crossed on that one!