It’s been a long time! There’s not much to update but that I’d taken a break from querying after sending some out in September/October of 2020. It didn’t look like a good climate so, after not making much headway, I decided to wait. I don’t normally focus on timing so much, but I had the benefit of my previous query experience for this one.
In late 2018, when I queried an omniscient version of this MS which, unfortunately, still needed a lot of work beyond just the POV, I racked up a decent number of requests, so when none were forthcoming in Autumn 2020 and a surprising number of agents were falling into mass CNR categories on QT when normally, in the past, they’d at least sent form rejections, I made the decision to wait until 2021.
So I started a couple of weeks ago, at the start of February, dripping out some queries while I work on my new project! In order to help get some distance from SoMES so I can be in a better place craft-wise to eventually pen its related stories, I’ve been pursuing a project that reflects a lot of childhood loves but reimagined for an adult audience.
I’m unimaginatively calling it SkyWIP, and it’s my personal tribute to everything that got me through some difficult years as a teenager. I initially started working on the concept in December and started writing in mid-January. Currently, I’m 25k words in and it *MAY* be worth querying by the end! Either way, it’s been a refreshing manuscript to work on, and freeing in a way that SoMES can’t be given the latter’s heavily-developed universe, characters, and timeline that spans several books.
So we’ll see what 2021 has to offer! So far, it’s started strong in the query trenches with a few bites, so I’m glad I hit pause when things were looking shaky last year.