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First Query Letter Response

My first attempt at querying an agent turned out to be unsuccessful. All in all, I'm not surprised. Looking back at my synopsis, I wasn't surprised to get the rejection email. I really hadn't made my story sound like anything new. It sounded boring and old. In the future, I will be correcting that error. In all actuality though, it was a blessing in disguise. Today, I believe that I discovered what I need to do in order to get the word count I'm going to need. I'm going to have to rewrite the first three chapters to initiate the change. After that, I will be adding at least one new point of view. It is going to be just the thing I need to no only spice up the story, but it will also add the type of internal and external conflict that will really give the story life. So....back to the editing phase I go. This is officially the beginning of draft four, where I will reach my goal of 95,000 words and kick my story into full length novel mode.

I hope that my rambling here gives new writers the insight into how difficult writing that first novel is. There never seems to be enough time in the day to write. That's not true though. That was self-delusion. The time is always there. It is just a matter of me taking advantage of that time. I don't write every day like I should. For the last week, I haven't done much at all. I did a little brainstorming for other novels, but I didn't do much writing because I thought that I was done with Shindarin Rising, at least for the time being. Now that I know it isn't done, I'm going to do my best to sit my rear down in the chair and write, even if I would rather go to bed or watch a movie. So...for the new or beginning writers out there, write every day. It is the only way to get better. I can honestly say that I am a better writer for the many hours that I have put in this last year on this Draconis Prophecies book. This first installment is my first real accomplishment in writing. I'm so close to being done with it that I can taste it. Write, Write, and Write, it is the only way to get better. I should also add, Read, Read, and Read, too.

Well, I believe that is enough of that. Thank you for the support. Just seeing the page hits helps to keep me going a little bit easier. If you like poetry, check out Amazon.com. I have two books of poetry for sale there. Thanks again!


Jacob Donley

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