Getting Ready to Query. Maybe.

I am within spitting distance of finishing my latest middle-grade novel, tentatively titled “Henry and the Heist.” Yeah, I’m not sure about that title, either, but so far nothing better has occurred to me.

I had an agent for my last middle-grade novel, “Werewolf Park.” My agent sent it around to about 25 editors and then it died on submission, which is a frighteningly frequent occurrence. I really liked the book. I’ve sent it to some smaller publishers, but no bites yet.

After that, I had another middle-grade novel called “Of Witches and Wanderers” but I only queried a few agents before I decided it didn’t have enough oomph to make it to agented. It was inspired by my many, many hours of playing “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.” It’s my favorite game of all time. You could almost call it fan fiction.

Anyway, this one, “Henry and the Heist” I feel pretty positive about. It’s about 80% done, then I have to go through it again and edit it. That might take a while, but still, I think I’m pretty close. It’s tempting to just send off the first three chapters and a query letter and see if I get any bites, but if I do, I’ll have to finish it in a tearing hurry. Then it will be rushed. On the other hand, if I don’t get any bites, I’ll never have to finish it. But that’s not good either, because I want to finish it. So, I guess I need to wait.

I thought I’d write about my querying process for the next book because it seems vaguely interesting. I mean really, who cares about my progress on “Hollow Knight?” No one. Although if you have any tips, that would be lovely because I suck at “Hollow Knight.” But that’s okay, I love it anyway.

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