Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Meandering Thoughts

Since finding out I was an EPPIE finalist, I've had grand thoughts of using (if I won) that as a stepping stone to approach agents. But from the info I'm gathering. They aren't going to give a hoot that I've won. This award is more or less just a pat on the back. Though it is pretty to look at and makes me smile when I do look at it. But it isn't going to boost me any closer to an agent and a large publishing house. Which all along I had been dreaming.

So I'm no longer just working on proposals. I have the next Halsey brother book to polish (Miner in Petticoats) so it will be ready to ship to my editor at The Wild Rose Press when she's ready, then I have to get the next contemporary written and a synopsis written for it and then the first book of what I hope is a western series written along with a synopsis. I would like to have this done by the end of July, but that will be cutting it close, with summer coming and more outside things requiring my attention.

But then, with our new piece of property, I'll have to spend three days every ten days doing the irrigating on that piece of property. I'll stay in a cabin with no TV and no internet, but it will have electricty. Just me and Tink. So that would mean- three days and nights I could write. If I stay focused, I could get a lot done in that amount of time. So my plan may not be too far fetched. We'll just have to see and I'll have to stay focused.

How is your year shaping up? Going by too fast? Have big plans sometime during the year?


Elisabeth Naughton said...

People say the same about the Golden Heart, Paty, that it doesn't mean anything. But you know what? Those big awards do. They're an accomplishment, and anything that gets your name out there, that gets you recognized and talked about, that's all good. It means you're one step closer to getting where you want to be.

Enjoy your big win. Don't belittle it. You deserve to be on cloud nine!

Paty Jager said...

Thanks Elisabeth. It just feels like my thoughts were too lofty and I need to crank back on them. I've never been scared of hard work and just have to dig in harder and create an even better book. I guess the frustration comes from so many times getting rejection letters of: I loved it/liked it/your characters were great, but it isn't something I want to take on at this time. I have this little niggling in my head that even if they like it, they aren't going to take me on, for whatever reason they can like/love a story and not want to pursue it.