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I struggle, but do not sleep

This morning my first alarm (the workout alarm) went off and I was so tired I turned it off and went back to bed. Not to sleep, mind you, because Cairo wanted to walk on the bureaus and knock things off, but I was too tired to get up and work out. I blame the time of the month, which always makes me feel tired and bedraggled, but I really need to get up and get going tomorrow, without fail.

I didn't lose anything last week, which I think means I need to increase said workout and cut my calories a little more. I'm good during the day, but I've been having full-size dinners and not counting as closely as I ought to. But I'm being GOOD, just not good enough.

Although tonight I'm having a mojito, a drink I discovered in Vegas and found a recipe for online, which is largely straight rum and sugar, so it's my treat for the day.

I'm down to 217,432 words, 748 pages. I wonder if I can sell it at 200,000?


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Feb. 10th, 2006 03:27 am (UTC)
Why don't you try selling it now? What's the harm? Do your synposis and try other agents. The worse they can say is no.
Feb. 10th, 2006 03:58 am (UTC)
I suppose that's true. It couldn't hurt. I've just never sent a manuscript before, and I liked having someone knowledgeable assisting me.

Feb. 10th, 2006 04:26 am (UTC)
There is nothing wrong with sending it out as it is...and if you get rejections as it is, you can always do the cuts, and then, give it to your friend and have her try. The only thing you waste is some postage really.
Feb. 11th, 2006 12:16 pm (UTC)
Well, and the cost of printing the manuscript (which is how I discovered the magnitude of its size in the first place).
Feb. 11th, 2006 03:53 pm (UTC)
Usually you don't print the manuscript out. You do your synopsis and send that out to agents. If an agent is interested THEN you send out the monster. That's USUALLY the way things are...or some agents ask for the first three chapters, and the synopsis. Depends on the agent. Each agent lists what their guidelines are in the Literary listing. So usually (not all the time, mind you) you wouldn't have to print out your manuscript unless you have an interested party. Saves everyone time and postage.

You may want to buy or borrow the 2006 Writer's/Literary Agents Listing and take a gander at it. It has all the info on how to present your book in there. I need to buy a copy of it myself as I've been borrowing my friend Tom's. I believe it also has publishers in there too. I think it sells for like $30 at Barnes and Nobel. Not too bad.

Good luck!
Feb. 12th, 2006 03:46 pm (UTC)
I know the details, thanks. :) I've once in a while dropped the bucks on a Writer's Guide only to never use it and I fear for that reason. They go out of date quickly and cost a fortune (I don't think thirty bucks is "not bad." It sounds like a fortune to me).
Feb. 12th, 2006 03:57 pm (UTC)
Ah, you don't know how much I spend on my dolls. ;)

Well, you could just go to the library and borrow one from there if you are worried about buying th ebook. I'm pretty sure you can get borrow one from there.

I also see it as an invesment in myself. I'd rather spend the money $30 on that writer's guidelines than on half the other dumbass things I do, but then again, I buy a lot of dumbass stuff. I've bought the guidelines twice. Once I used the crap out of it, the second time, I was a moron about it and bought it WAY before I was ready and it collected dust. Since you already have a book ready to go, I don't think you will be wasting your money on it. But then again, it's up to you how you want to handle your money and your book. I think $30 is worth trying to sell your dreams, but who am I? I spent $1300 on a dumb ass doll to take pictures of for magazines and to play with. ;)
Feb. 11th, 2006 03:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, and each agent is very different. So, you have to pay attention to their guidelines and what they accept. It's not too difficult really. Tom sent out his young adult book proposal and he was able to get through that process without too much hassel. Some agents ask for largers or smaller synposises (synposi?). It's all in the Lit Guide. It's a real bible for writers right down to fonts, formats and how to print stuff out.

Good luck!
Feb. 10th, 2006 07:30 pm (UTC)
I say wait. Get it where it needs to be, then send it.
Feb. 11th, 2006 12:16 pm (UTC)
Well, bear in mind I thought it was "where it needed to be" 70,000 words ago. ;)
Feb. 12th, 2006 05:45 am (UTC)
I feel your diet pain. I'm finishing week 2 of South Beach, and the first week I lost 2.5 lbs, but it's looking like this week will be nada. The official moment of truth is tomorrow morning, but I'm not optimistic.

As for the book, your chances will markedly improve if it's shorter, but if you can get it to 200K it's at least in a range where people are much more likely to look at it seriously. Feel free to e-mail if you want to confab some more on that score.
Feb. 12th, 2006 03:51 pm (UTC)
I'm not following any specific diet, just my old "eat less, exercise more" trick. But this time it's harder to get going to the gym for one reason after another, and I'm not keeping a "food journal" so I'm keeping track of calories in my head, which isn't the best place for numbers at any time.

I hear ya. I'm just running out of large chunks to chop. :-)
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