Thank you very much!
As corny/cliche as it might sound, right under my own personal growth, and right above making a little skrilla, inspiring people is one of my top objectives in doing something like this. I really think too many people do what life tells them to do; they go to school, go to more school, then get a job and work from 9-5 for the rest of their lives, and the closest they get to adventure is the 5 days they spend in the mountains or the beach every year.
Though obviously doing something like I did this summer isn’t viable for everyone, it’s the message behind it that I hope people adopt. Don’t settle. Take risks in your life, even if it means making some sacrifices, and if I push one person to do something they normally wouldn’t (something that’s self-beneficial of course), then I feel justified in everything I’m doing with my life right now.
Hey everyone, still waiting to hear from my first literary agency, it’s about halfway through the three week wait period, so I haven’t gotten my hopes up yet!
But the real reason I’m making this post is to tease a project that I have been working on the last few days. I don’t want to say too much just yet, but if you’re a fellow traveler and I am aware of your work (Alistair, Sam, Sarah, Ernst), I will be contacting you very soon for something I think would be very awesome! And if you think what I did this summer was interesting, and you have been following some of the other travelers like the ones I listed above, and like what they’ve been doing as well, stay tuned!
After a week of being back from my trip, and being extremely lazy while recovering from my trip, I knew that it was about time to get on top of things and start on the next step of this project of mine. So today I refined my query letter, which I wrote the first draft of before I left for the trip.
Touching up the query letter actually took the majority of my day, which you wouldn’t expect since it is only a 1-page document. But it is one of the most important pages an aspiring writer can write, and I needed to make sure it was in tip shape. Arguably the most major thing I had to do to complete the query letter was decide on a subtitle for the book, even though the title and subtitle are obviously subject to change. After about an hour of research and brainstorming, I settled on The Pursuit of America. At first it was A Pursuit of the Heart of America, but that seemed a little long for what I wanted, and the double use of “of” didn’t thrill me, so I changed that to A Pursuit of America, but then thought “a” was too soft, so I changed it to the firmer “the”. So if I have my way, the book would ship as Rambling Man: The Pursuit of America. All the other changes I made in the query letter were just tightening it up in general, and I have to be honest, I like it and I think it is good.
Once I got that done, I sent it off to my first pick of literary agencies. As I mentioned before, it is considered common courtesy to only send your query letter to one literary agency at a time, which is fine but also slows the process down, as I have to wait at the most 3 weeks before I know if they like it. Most literary agencies receive such a high volume of queries that they operate under the “If we like it we’ll get back to you within 3 weeks, if we don’t like it then after 3 weeks you’ll know that we didn’t” system. So now I play the waiting game, though I will be using the time to work on the next step, my book proposal. So all in all, exciting day! The hope is that I won’t have to wait too long to find an agency that wants to see my proposal and represent me. I will definitely keep the Tumblr updated as they come to me.