Thursday, January 17, 2013

Bon Voyage!

Today I have some big news to share!  After many months of writing and revising (and revising and revising and revising...), I'm thrilled to report that Pirate Ferret is finally out for agent querying!  

If you're a writer, then you know what it's like to be in the query boat.  It's utterly terrifying and nerve-wracking, but incredibly exciting at the same time.  You take your precious baby that you've been working on for goodness knows how long, fuss and fret until it makes you crazy, then send it out into the world hoping for the best.  It's easy to let your manuscript sit on your hard drive; it's much harder to take that next step and open yourself up for disappointment, tears, and worst of all: REJECTION.

But, to quote my favorite phrase once again: You can never win or lose if you don't run the race!  (Oh Psychedelic Furs--you are geniuses!)  Sure, rejection is a terrifying prospect, but hopefully the thought of kids someday reading your beloved words makes the risk of heartache worth it. 

So how should writers prepare themselves for taking the plunge?  By putting on your....

Tentacles says, "RAWR!"  (Also, "I'm very scared...")

Yes, dragon-tough skin (or pajamas) is just the thing you need if you're going to query your manuscript.  Criticism and rejections may sting, but they won't destroy you--or your manuscript--if you don't let them.  Take thoughtful feedback to heart and don't get discouraged by any "no's" that come your way.  It's hard to be brave and face the fear of rejection, but if Tentacles and I can do it, then you can too!  

This is my first time testing the waters with Pirate Ferret.  I've done all I can to prepare my little Tentacles for his voyage, and now it's time to see what the big, scary world makes of him.  Whether he'll sink or swim, I just don't know, but let's keep our fingers crossed for smooth sailing!


  1. Hm. Every time I leave a blog message it never actually posts... Lets try this again...

    Good luck to you and Tentacles : ) when you get published ill definitely be buying a copy for Eevee to read when she's older (and me to read now... Never too old for some good animal fantasy adventures!)

    1. How weird--I had that same problem with your blog before, too! Haha, you're never too old for animal fantasies! I would be most honored if adorable Eevee got to read my book when she's older. (And then she'll probably beg you to buy her a bunch of ferrets!)

      Thanks so much for your support! :)