Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Double-blind is done; The Leaf Blower takes a hiatus




The DOUBLE-BLIND project is officially done. For now, at least. I've completed my my first batch of agent queries. I sent out about thirty in total, which isn't a huge amount compared to what most first-time authors send. I could have sent fifty, or one hundred, but I wanted to make each letter somewhat personalized, and after a certain amount you're running into diminished returns anyway.  I've gotten rejections back on about half of the queries. And I've received six requests for a partial or full manuscript -- a stat that I'm pretty proud of! Although I've already gotten rejected on half of the manuscript submissions, too.

At some point, I'll probably send out query round two (I may do a snail mail round; I initially skipped any agent who only accepted snail mail queries, even though a few of these agents seemed promising. Which, I imagine, is the reason they request snail mail in the first place: if the thought of printing a few pages and dropping them into an envelop is too much of an obstacle for you, maybe you're not that serious about pursuing that particular agent -- or about your writing project in general). 

And, if the traditional publishing route doesn't work out, I will self-publish DOUBLE-BLIND and/or put it out as an e-book.

But for now... I'm moving on. I'm tired of DOUBLE-BLIND. I'm tired of revising it, I'm tired of writing about it, and I'm tired of talking about it. The proverbial desk drawer has been calling ever more loudly for my manuscript, and it's time to drop it there and work on some new material. I have so many ideas, I just need to write! write! write!

And finally, after 125 consecutive Tuesdays, The Leaf Blower Blog is going on hiatus for a while. My wife and I are expecting a baby in nine days (!) and I want to devote what precious writing time I'll have to working on some new fiction material. I enjoy writing this blog, and I look forward to the comments I receive each week. But, as Sherman Alexie said, every word on your blog is a word not in your book. So The Leaf Blower is going off the air -- probably for a few months.

Thanks again for reading... I will be back!

10 comments:

  1. I will miss waking up every Tuesday and reading the Leaf Blower. It has become part of my routine as much as coffee. Get some good writing done and hurry up and come back!

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  2. My Tuesdays are ruined. Just so you know. But I suppose all good things must come to an end. Good job bro! I'm excited for the next chapter. Literally and figuratively...
    -Skooter

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  3. Tears come to my eyes with this news! I agree with Anonymous; my Tuesdays will be ruined. You've hooked me in as a fan and now you're walking out on me?! My sadness is comparable to when I read the final edition of my all-time favorite comic strip, "For Better or For Worse." Thanks for baring your soul and sharing with your readers the travails of being a previously unpublished book author. Your commentaries were witty and insightful. In the future, when you resurrect The Leaf Blower, I vote that you expand it to include reflections on being a first time parent. You're certain to have bountiful topics on parenthood to select from. Also, your readers will want to learn about the results of your submissions of "Double Blind" to agents and about the other writing projects on which you're working. Don't forget to include updates on Chester and his feline companion...your fans will want to hear about their latest capers. Thanks again for the 125 Tuesdays! I look forward to the return of The Leaf Blower.

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  4. I've enjoyed reading it. Amazing to realize that you have been writing for over two years. Your hiatus will leave a hole in my Tuesdays... and my Google homepage.

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  5. Lump in throat. Goodbye leafblower...

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  6. It seems like it was just yesterday that you looked out your window at a man moving amorphous piles of leaves with his blower. Your blog has provided me with entertainment through countless airports in the deep south. I rarely post but always read. I'm very proud of you.

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  7. De-lurking to say thanks for the weekly updates - it's been fun going on this adventure with you. Enjoy your break. I'm keeping this bookmark in Bloglines so I'll know when you're back : )

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  8. I checked Leafblower again hoping you had changed your mind. It's not the same Tuesday morning without a new post.

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  9. Thank you Brian for writing Leaf Blower. It has allowed myself and other loyal LB fans to come along with you while you ride the crazy roller coaster that is writing a novel and trying to get it published. Your witty writing style and insightful commentary always leave me wanting more at the end of each blog post. This is a good thing obviously and bodes well for your future writing endeavors. I too am proud of you and look forward to the return of LB someday soon.

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