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Monday, October 10, 2011

Taking the plunge!

Here I stand with my toes curled over the edge of the diving board (they aren't that hairy in real life). I feel the anti-slip adhesive gripping the soles of my feet, but I’m pretty sure it can’t save me once I decide to jump. I can think of no reason to postpone but—FEAR!

It took me four years to write my MS. One year to edit it. Six months to research agents. And another six months to write a query and a synopsis. (Some of that time overlaps—so it is 5 years total. Holy Cow!)

But it is time! I can think of no reason to postpone querying but—FEAR! So today I’m hitting the first send button. I know it will be painful and hopefully rewarding, but if I don’t succeed yet at least I will learn something :)

This is how I wish I looked while querying.

This is more how I actually look :)


I hope I don’t do this.


I wish I felt like this.


But I feel more like this.


If I could execute like this…I would be a happy diver!


Please say a pray for me—whether you believe in that kind of thing or not :)

-Angie

19 comments:

Freya Morris said...

Good luck Angie! Great pics on the post. Sometimes you just gotta jump right? Keep at it!

Melissa Sarno said...

These pictures cracked me up. How exciting that you are out in the world of querying. I wish you the best of luck! :)

Abby said...

Girl - your blog NEVER disappoints! I am wishing you the best of luck in the querying stage! I have complete confidence that your execution will be fabulous! I can't wait for the good news!

E.R. King said...

You're going for it! YAY! I'm so happy for you. Keep us posted. :D

Angela Brown said...

I am praying for you and wishing you all the best of luck. If you ever need encouragement, you can always find some with those of struggling and dealing with FEAR here in the blogosphere.

Believe and know that you can do it!

Kim said...

Yeah! Sometimes you just have to go for it and hope you don't belly flop :)
I really think just finishing and editing a MS is such a huge accomplishment. Good luck with the querying process, and keep us posted...

Sara Bulla said...

Deluxe! Loved it. I think you'll do great! I think you'll get a 10 on your dive!

Tara Tyler said...

you are lucky i'm not behind you or i'd push you in!
go for it, expect rejection, be pleasantly surprised by acceptance! you will succeed sooner or later!

Small Town Shelly Brown said...

Oh Angie, I'll pray for you!

I dove for a couple of years in High School and that lady hitting her head on the board was always my biggest fear. I think fear of brain damage was always keeping me from being a really good diver.

But guess what? You don't get brain damage from querying!!! Query away!

Densley Family said...

I will pray pray pray.... (not that I think your book needs a triple prayer or anything, I'm just a very faithy person)
Good luck! I love ya!

Angie Cothran said...

Aww, thanks everybody. You girls are the best! And thanks Shelly, I'm so glad querying doesn't cause brain damage. I wasn't sure :)

julie fedderson said...

May the query Gods smile on you and let you avoid the cannonball and water enema!

Brinda said...

I am sending the good luck vibes with a large dose of prayer your way!!

Jessie Humphries said...

Funny pictures! Good luck girl! Keep us updated.

Jolene Perry said...

Querying is BRUTAL.
Every rejection is like a battle scar, proving your worthiness . . . or something like that.
Enjoy the process.
Or . . . try.
All of writing and being published is hurry up and wait, and stress, and everything takes longer than we think it will.
Best of luck to you!!
Exciting!!

Miranda Hardy said...

Glad you are taking the plunge. Good luck. My fingers are crossed.

Chantele Sedgwick said...

Oh how I love your blog! lol :) Querying is so hard. And frustrating. And exhilarating. And scary. And awesome. Good luck! If you need any cheerleaders, let me know! :D Crossing my fingers for you!!!

Elizabeth said...

Great blog...trying to follow, but that darn button isn't working again.

I will try later.

Elizabeth

http://silversolara.blogspot.com

Elizabeth said...

Yippee...got the button to work.

NEW FOLLOWER.

Elizabeth

http://silversolara.blogspot.com

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