Now this is a fun thing to be able to tell you about in my 100th post on this blog: We took a family vacation this week to northern Michigan. I had just completed querying agents, plus two publishers I thought might like my book who accepted unagented submissions. While I was staring at this view of Lake Michigan from Petoskey State Park in the upper lower peninsula, two agents and one of the publishers emailed me asking for partial or full manuscripts to review! Huzzah. There is still a ways to go to signing on with an agent and a publisher, but that’s encouraging. At least the premise of my novel is interesting to the people I thought it might be interesting to. Now my writing has to carry the day. And I only just queried agents over the last few weeks, so I may still hear from more people. Fingers crossed I find an agent I can work with long term through this process.
The other huge plus this week was that standing knee deep in Lake Michigan is like plugging directly into my inspiration, so I figured out:
- The details I need to add to the novel I wrote in July, Music of Sacred Lakes (it’s set in Petoskey).
- The spark that was missing from my next novel idea, about, well, more about that later.
- The two ingredients required to create that spark with any good novel idea. Now THAT’S an exciting discovery for me. It may not work for everyone, but it looks like the key to finding an idea that really has a life of its own for me: I shouldn’t just write what I know, as they say, but write about what I love and what I hate smashed together in a situation where they can’t get away from each other. In short, a crucible.
We had a wonderful vacation, camping near the sunny, sandy lake for 3 days and then visiting my aunt way up north in the western U.P. Now we’re back and back to work, but I’m happy things are progressing so much more quickly than I set myself up to expect. And suddenly I’m ready to publish novel 1, polish novel 2, and maybe even start writing novel 3 in the next month or two. As I said. Huzzah!