Yes, I'm still knee-deep in the query trenches. The bad news--the responses have been blah. The good news--I'm becoming desensitized to them (well, kinda). I did get a request last week from a query that included the first ten pages of my ms. As anyone who has gone through the query process will tell you, these are the best. When you get a request from a query with included pages, it makes you feel like you have a little bit of an advantage since the agent has already read some of your manuscript and liked it enough to want to see more. It also gives your confidence a boost (which we can all use, no?).
I also participated in a contest held by literary agent, Suzie Townsend last week. All you had to do was send your query to her within the allotted time frame, and she would give you personalized feedback (as opposed to the usual form rejection). She gave me some really good feedback, but also confirmed what I had suspected all along (see my post from two weeks ago)--the main reason she passed on it was because it's a paranormal romance :o( Because it's such a popular genre, she told me I REALLY need to stress in my query what makes my book different from everything else out there. Soooo, I rewrote my query and really tried to focus on the non-paranormal aspects, i.e., the stuff that makes my story unique.
I don't know about everyone else, but I have a really hard time writing while querying. It's like my heart and mind is just not into it. In spite of this, I did start a new WIP, but I'm not sure how I feel about it yet. It kind of feels like a so-so first date. I'm not really giddy about it, but there's something there . . .
As usual, it's totally different than my previous project. It's still YA, but it's a contemporary romance told from a boy's POV. I'm not sure how confident I am at telling a story from a boy's perspective; I've never done it before. I'm even thinking about splitting the book and having half of it told from the boy's POV and half of it from the girl's. For now, I'm taking things slow, at least until I have a better idea of the story/characters. I'm not a big outliner, but I like to at least have a good idea of who the characters are and where things are going.
I'm also in the process of outlining a potential sequel to the book I'm querying. Now THAT is a book I can't wait to write. Even if the first book goes nowhere, I still might write the second book . . . just for a sense of closure and because I love the story (even if none of those agents out there do ;-)
Oh, and I've written a couple blurbs for future projects. They both have a paranormal component to them, and seeing as how paranormal is DOA these days, I'll probably hold off on doing anything with them for a while.
How is the writing going for everyone else? Are all you NaNo'ers rockin' the wordage? ;o) I have so much respect for those of you participating. I'm pretty sure if I tried to do NaNo, I'd be loonier than Sybil by the end of the month :o) Good luck to you all!