The Waiting is Painful

So I’ve finally done it:  I’ve written a book!  It’s not something I ever expected I’d really do; and – more than that – I never in a million years thought I’d write a book of fiction!  But I’ve done it!  The premise?  It’s loosely based upon my father’s family during the 1930s Oklahoma Dust Bowl and The Great Depression.  Everyone has read or seen Steinbeck’s version – The Grapes of Wrath – but I’ve never seen a story about those who were too poor to leave, and who were forced to stayed behind.  This is their story…and it’s based on several actual events.

Believe it or not, my father’s family was dirt-poor.  What does that mean?  It means they were so poor that they didn’t even have real floors in their home.  The floors were made of dirt.  When they had a home, that is.  Times were tough, and they didn’t always have a home.  So the question is:  what does a widow with a half dozen children do to support herself out in the boonies?  How does she feed her children?  What does she do to put a roof over their heads?  Those are the questions I began asking, and they are the foundation for my book.

So now the wait…and it’s painful!  I’ve begun querying agents and the form letter reading “thanks, but not for us,” is killing me!  What’s worse is those agents who don’t respond at all!  Ugh!

My day will come.  It’s just a matter of time before someone reads my book and decides it’s worthy of notice.  In the meantime, cross your fingers for me!

2 responses to “The Waiting is Painful”

  1. Cathie, if you keep getting those nasty rejection letters as I did, you have two options: The first is to go to a Writers Convention. They generally have agents who speak, and you sometimes get a chance to have a short meeting with them. (The DFW Writers Conference does this, and is a terrific one.) Or you can go the selfpublishing route. I use and am very happy with them. If you do all the work, it costs nothing. If you want THEM to do it, then you pay. (But, I imagine, your book probably gets more exposure, and the cover and interior probably looks nicer, although I do design a mean cover, if I may say so.)

    Just a few thoughts. I wish you well. When you hit the big time, I’ll be able to say, “Hey! I used to torment her when we were kids!” And my co-workers will say, “Yeah. Sure.”


  2. Hahahaha! I’ll back you up, Mickey! I’ll tell everyone that you were that weird pervy boy who used to chase the girls on the playground just to kiss them! LOL! Seriously, though…good times!

    I really don’t want to self-publish. I want the “validity” of having a publishing house pick it up. So I’ll do what Lorna Landvik advised me, which is to not accept “no” until *I* decide that it’s time to say no. That might mean I’m sending queries out for years, but it is what it is.

    I’d like to go to a writer’s conference. Actually, there’s a huge one in MSP in April, I think. Expensive, but I’m going to look into it.


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