Ok, ok, I get it. Queries suck just a bit.


So I finished my book! Yay for the James. Really I feel good. Written and revised it comes to just over 77,000 words.

So NYTEBLADE: DEACON CHALK OCCULT BOUNTY-HUNTER BOOK 1 is in the can. Wrote what I think is an intriguing query and began sending it out.

At this point I am only doing email queries. I dropped 20 on the last night of Dragoncon (monday) and have already received three rejections! No really, that is fine. It is part of the process, you query widely and receive rejections. The ones I got rejected on were the ones who wanted ONLY a query and no additional material. No sample chapter, no first five pages, no synopsis (which I do have to get busy writing.)

There is an agent out there for me. I feel it. And I believe in my material. It is good. It may be a bit of a hard sell since it isn’t a romance and is more of an Action/Horror. (but gentle fans, there are the seeds for the romance that blooms in the next book)

So three rejections do not make me feel bad at all. Then again, I wander this planet suffering under the illusion that things just fall into place and as long as I am putting forth honest effort, then it all happens when and how it is supposed to.

So far, I am have been 100% correct.

So now I am 5000+ words into the first draft of BROTHERS OF MARROW AND BONE:DEACON CHALK OCCULT BOUNTY-HUNTER BOOK 2 and furiously doing research and head-plotting a NEW AND EXCITING project. I won’t tell you what it is other than it is a form of urban fantasy and I am researching occult societies, dirigibles, and gaslights.

I will post my query letter soon for your enjoyment.

Take care,

James

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84 Comments

  1. That’s great! Glad you’re finally done. Probably feels wonderful right? Hpefully I’ll get that feeling soon. Congrats again. Just keep sending them out. Oh and it might help if every day for about five or so minutes to just sit down and just imagine you’ve just gotten an acceptence letter, where they say they’d like to try to get your book published. But don’t just imagine, actually feel the emotions of getting that acceptence letter and always keep onkeeping on! Congrates and good luck!
    peace love happiness
    – Rosie

  2. That’s great! Glad you’re finally done. Probably feels wonderful right? Hpefully I’ll get that feeling soon. Congrats again. Just keep sending them out. Oh and it might help if every day for about five or so minutes to just sit down and just imagine you’ve just gotten an acceptence letter, where they say they’d like to try to get your book published. But don’t just imagine, actually feel the emotions of getting that acceptence letter and always keep onkeeping on! Congrates and good luck!

    peace love happiness

    – Rosie

  3. That’s great! Glad you’re finally done. Probably feels wonderful right? Hpefully I’ll get that feeling soon. Congrats again. Just keep sending them out. Oh and it might help if every day for about five or so minutes to just sit down and just imagine you’ve just gotten an acceptence letter, where they say they’d like to try to get your book published. But don’t just imagine, actually feel the emotions of getting that acceptence letter and always keep onkeeping on! Congrates and good luck!

    peace love happiness

    – Rosie

  4. That’s great! Glad you’re finally done. Probably feels wonderful right? Hpefully I’ll get that feeling soon. Congrats again. Just keep sending them out. Oh and it might help if every day for about five or so minutes to just sit down and just imagine you’ve just gotten an acceptence letter, where they say they’d like to try to get your book published. But don’t just imagine, actually feel the emotions of getting that acceptence letter and always keep onkeeping on! Congrates and good luck!

    peace love happiness

    – Rosie

  5. That’s great! Glad you’re finally done. Probably feels wonderful right? Hpefully I’ll get that feeling soon. Congrats again. Just keep sending them out. Oh and it might help if every day for about five or so minutes to just sit down and just imagine you’ve just gotten an acceptence letter, where they say they’d like to try to get your book published. But don’t just imagine, actually feel the emotions of getting that acceptence letter and always keep onkeeping on! Congrates and good luck!

    peace love happiness

    – Rosie

  6. That’s great! Glad you’re finally done. Probably feels wonderful right? Hpefully I’ll get that feeling soon. Congrats again. Just keep sending them out. Oh and it might help if every day for about five or so minutes to just sit down and just imagine you’ve just gotten an acceptence letter, where they say they’d like to try to get your book published. But don’t just imagine, actually feel the emotions of getting that acceptence letter and always keep onkeeping on! Congrates and good luck!

    peace love happiness

    – Rosie

  7. That’s great! Glad you’re finally done. Probably feels wonderful right? Hpefully I’ll get that feeling soon. Congrats again. Just keep sending them out. Oh and it might help if every day for about five or so minutes to just sit down and just imagine you’ve just gotten an acceptence letter, where they say they’d like to try to get your book published. But don’t just imagine, actually feel the emotions of getting that acceptence letter and always keep onkeeping on! Congrates and good luck!

    peace love happiness

    – Rosie

  8. That’s great! Glad you’re finally done. Probably feels wonderful right? Hpefully I’ll get that feeling soon. Congrats again. Just keep sending them out. Oh and it might help if every day for about five or so minutes to just sit down and just imagine you’ve just gotten an acceptence letter, where they say they’d like to try to get your book published. But don’t just imagine, actually feel the emotions of getting that acceptence letter and always keep onkeeping on! Congrates and good luck!
    peace love happiness
    – Rosie

  9. That’s great! Glad you’re finally done. Probably feels wonderful right? Hpefully I’ll get that feeling soon. Congrats again. Just keep sending them out. Oh and it might help if every day for about five or so minutes to just sit down and just imagine you’ve just gotten an acceptence letter, where they say they’d like to try to get your book published. But don’t just imagine, actually feel the emotions of getting that acceptence letter and always keep onkeeping on! Congrates and good luck!

    peace love happiness

    – Rosie

  10. That’s great! Glad you’re finally done. Probably feels wonderful right? Hpefully I’ll get that feeling soon. Congrats again. Just keep sending them out. Oh and it might help if every day for about five or so minutes to just sit down and just imagine you’ve just gotten an acceptence letter, where they say they’d like to try to get your book published. But don’t just imagine, actually feel the emotions of getting that acceptence letter and always keep onkeeping on! Congrates and good luck!

    peace love happiness

    – Rosie

  11. That’s great! Glad you’re finally done. Probably feels wonderful right? Hpefully I’ll get that feeling soon. Congrats again. Just keep sending them out. Oh and it might help if every day for about five or so minutes to just sit down and just imagine you’ve just gotten an acceptence letter, where they say they’d like to try to get your book published. But don’t just imagine, actually feel the emotions of getting that acceptence letter and always keep onkeeping on! Congrates and good luck!

    peace love happiness

    – Rosie

  12. That’s great! Glad you’re finally done. Probably feels wonderful right? Hpefully I’ll get that feeling soon. Congrats again. Just keep sending them out. Oh and it might help if every day for about five or so minutes to just sit down and just imagine you’ve just gotten an acceptence letter, where they say they’d like to try to get your book published. But don’t just imagine, actually feel the emotions of getting that acceptence letter and always keep onkeeping on! Congrates and good luck!

    peace love happiness

    – Rosie

  13. That’s great! Glad you’re finally done. Probably feels wonderful right? Hpefully I’ll get that feeling soon. Congrats again. Just keep sending them out. Oh and it might help if every day for about five or so minutes to just sit down and just imagine you’ve just gotten an acceptence letter, where they say they’d like to try to get your book published. But don’t just imagine, actually feel the emotions of getting that acceptence letter and always keep onkeeping on! Congrates and good luck!

    peace love happiness

    – Rosie

  14. That’s great! Glad you’re finally done. Probably feels wonderful right? Hpefully I’ll get that feeling soon. Congrats again. Just keep sending them out. Oh and it might help if every day for about five or so minutes to just sit down and just imagine you’ve just gotten an acceptence letter, where they say they’d like to try to get your book published. But don’t just imagine, actually feel the emotions of getting that acceptence letter and always keep onkeeping on! Congrates and good luck!

    peace love happiness

    – Rosie

  15. That’s great! Glad you’re finally done. Probably feels wonderful right? Hpefully I’ll get that feeling soon. Congrats again. Just keep sending them out. Oh and it might help if every day for about five or so minutes to just sit down and just imagine you’ve just gotten an acceptence letter, where they say they’d like to try to get your book published. But don’t just imagine, actually feel the emotions of getting that acceptence letter and always keep onkeeping on! Congrates and good luck!

    peace love happiness

    – Rosie

  16. That’s great! Glad you’re finally done. Probably feels wonderful right? Hpefully I’ll get that feeling soon. Congrats again. Just keep sending them out. Oh and it might help if every day for about five or so minutes to just sit down and just imagine you’ve just gotten an acceptence letter, where they say they’d like to try to get your book published. But don’t just imagine, actually feel the emotions of getting that acceptence letter and always keep onkeeping on! Congrates and good luck!

    peace love happiness

    – Rosie

  17. That’s great! Glad you’re finally done. Probably feels wonderful right? Hpefully I’ll get that feeling soon. Congrats again. Just keep sending them out. Oh and it might help if every day for about five or so minutes to just sit down and just imagine you’ve just gotten an acceptence letter, where they say they’d like to try to get your book published. But don’t just imagine, actually feel the emotions of getting that acceptence letter and always keep onkeeping on! Congrates and good luck!

    peace love happiness

    – Rosie

  18. That’s great! Glad you’re finally done. Probably feels wonderful right? Hpefully I’ll get that feeling soon. Congrats again. Just keep sending them out. Oh and it might help if every day for about five or so minutes to just sit down and just imagine you’ve just gotten an acceptence letter, where they say they’d like to try to get your book published. But don’t just imagine, actually feel the emotions of getting that acceptence letter and always keep onkeeping on! Congrates and good luck!

    peace love happiness

    – Rosie

  19. That’s great! Glad you’re finally done. Probably feels wonderful right? Hpefully I’ll get that feeling soon. Congrats again. Just keep sending them out. Oh and it might help if every day for about five or so minutes to just sit down and just imagine you’ve just gotten an acceptence letter, where they say they’d like to try to get your book published. But don’t just imagine, actually feel the emotions of getting that acceptence letter and always keep onkeeping on! Congrates and good luck!

    peace love happiness

    – Rosie

  20. That’s great! Glad you’re finally done. Probably feels wonderful right? Hpefully I’ll get that feeling soon. Congrats again. Just keep sending them out. Oh and it might help if every day for about five or so minutes to just sit down and just imagine you’ve just gotten an acceptence letter, where they say they’d like to try to get your book published. But don’t just imagine, actually feel the emotions of getting that acceptence letter and always keep onkeeping on! Congrates and good luck!

    peace love happiness

    – Rosie

  21. That’s great! Glad you’re finally done. Probably feels wonderful right? Hpefully I’ll get that feeling soon. Congrats again. Just keep sending them out. Oh and it might help if every day for about five or so minutes to just sit down and just imagine you’ve just gotten an acceptence letter, where they say they’d like to try to get your book published. But don’t just imagine, actually feel the emotions of getting that acceptence letter and always keep onkeeping on! Congrates and good luck!

    peace love happiness

    – Rosie

  22. That’s great! Glad you’re finally done. Probably feels wonderful right? Hpefully I’ll get that feeling soon. Congrats again. Just keep sending them out. Oh and it might help if every day for about five or so minutes to just sit down and just imagine you’ve just gotten an acceptence letter, where they say they’d like to try to get your book published. But don’t just imagine, actually feel the emotions of getting that acceptence letter and always keep onkeeping on! Congrates and good luck!

    peace love happiness

    – Rosie

  23. That’s great! Glad you’re finally done. Probably feels wonderful right? Hpefully I’ll get that feeling soon. Congrats again. Just keep sending them out. Oh and it might help if every day for about five or so minutes to just sit down and just imagine you’ve just gotten an acceptence letter, where they say they’d like to try to get your book published. But don’t just imagine, actually feel the emotions of getting that acceptence letter and always keep onkeeping on! Congrates and good luck!

    peace love happiness

    – Rosie

  24. That’s great! Glad you’re finally done. Probably feels wonderful right? Hpefully I’ll get that feeling soon. Congrats again. Just keep sending them out. Oh and it might help if every day for about five or so minutes to just sit down and just imagine you’ve just gotten an acceptence letter, where they say they’d like to try to get your book published. But don’t just imagine, actually feel the emotions of getting that acceptence letter and always keep onkeeping on! Congrates and good luck!

    peace love happiness

    – Rosie

  25. That’s great! Glad you’re finally done. Probably feels wonderful right? Hpefully I’ll get that feeling soon. Congrats again. Just keep sending them out. Oh and it might help if every day for about five or so minutes to just sit down and just imagine you’ve just gotten an acceptence letter, where they say they’d like to try to get your book published. But don’t just imagine, actually feel the emotions of getting that acceptence letter and always keep onkeeping on! Congrates and good luck!

    peace love happiness

    – Rosie

  26. That’s great! Glad you’re finally done. Probably feels wonderful right? Hpefully I’ll get that feeling soon. Congrats again. Just keep sending them out. Oh and it might help if every day for about five or so minutes to just sit down and just imagine you’ve just gotten an acceptence letter, where they say they’d like to try to get your book published. But don’t just imagine, actually feel the emotions of getting that acceptence letter and always keep onkeeping on! Congrates and good luck!

    peace love happiness

    – Rosie

  27. That’s great! Glad you’re finally done. Probably feels wonderful right? Hpefully I’ll get that feeling soon. Congrats again. Just keep sending them out. Oh and it might help if every day for about five or so minutes to just sit down and just imagine you’ve just gotten an acceptence letter, where they say they’d like to try to get your book published. But don’t just imagine, actually feel the emotions of getting that acceptence letter and always keep onkeeping on! Congrates and good luck!

    peace love happiness

    – Rosie

  28. That’s great! Glad you’re finally done. Probably feels wonderful right? Hpefully I’ll get that feeling soon. Congrats again. Just keep sending them out. Oh and it might help if every day for about five or so minutes to just sit down and just imagine you’ve just gotten an acceptence letter, where they say they’d like to try to get your book published. But don’t just imagine, actually feel the emotions of getting that acceptence letter and always keep onkeeping on! Congrates and good luck!
    peace love happiness
    – Rosie

  29. Congrats on finishing your book and querying! That process is always so stressful, and even scary. So what if your book isn’t a romance? You’re not the only one who enjoys books skewed more toward action/horror, so with the right agent, it won’t be a hard sell at all. 🙂

  30. Congrats on finishing your book and querying! That process is always so stressful, and even scary. So what if your book isn’t a romance? You’re not the only one who enjoys books skewed more toward action/horror, so with the right agent, it won’t be a hard sell at all. 🙂

  31. Congrats on finishing your book and querying! That process is always so stressful, and even scary. So what if your book isn’t a romance? You’re not the only one who enjoys books skewed more toward action/horror, so with the right agent, it won’t be a hard sell at all. 🙂

  32. Congrats on finishing your book and querying! That process is always so stressful, and even scary. So what if your book isn’t a romance? You’re not the only one who enjoys books skewed more toward action/horror, so with the right agent, it won’t be a hard sell at all. 🙂

  33. Congrats on finishing your book and querying! That process is always so stressful, and even scary. So what if your book isn’t a romance? You’re not the only one who enjoys books skewed more toward action/horror, so with the right agent, it won’t be a hard sell at all. 🙂

  34. Congrats on finishing your book and querying! That process is always so stressful, and even scary. So what if your book isn’t a romance? You’re not the only one who enjoys books skewed more toward action/horror, so with the right agent, it won’t be a hard sell at all. 🙂

  35. Congrats on finishing your book and querying! That process is always so stressful, and even scary. So what if your book isn’t a romance? You’re not the only one who enjoys books skewed more toward action/horror, so with the right agent, it won’t be a hard sell at all. 🙂

  36. Congrats on finishing your book and querying! That process is always so stressful, and even scary. So what if your book isn’t a romance? You’re not the only one who enjoys books skewed more toward action/horror, so with the right agent, it won’t be a hard sell at all. 🙂

  37. Congrats on finishing your book and querying! That process is always so stressful, and even scary. So what if your book isn’t a romance? You’re not the only one who enjoys books skewed more toward action/horror, so with the right agent, it won’t be a hard sell at all. 🙂

  38. Congrats on finishing your book and querying! That process is always so stressful, and even scary. So what if your book isn’t a romance? You’re not the only one who enjoys books skewed more toward action/horror, so with the right agent, it won’t be a hard sell at all. 🙂

  39. Congrats on finishing your book and querying! That process is always so stressful, and even scary. So what if your book isn’t a romance? You’re not the only one who enjoys books skewed more toward action/horror, so with the right agent, it won’t be a hard sell at all. 🙂

  40. Congrats on finishing your book and querying! That process is always so stressful, and even scary. So what if your book isn’t a romance? You’re not the only one who enjoys books skewed more toward action/horror, so with the right agent, it won’t be a hard sell at all. 🙂

  41. Congrats on finishing your book and querying! That process is always so stressful, and even scary. So what if your book isn’t a romance? You’re not the only one who enjoys books skewed more toward action/horror, so with the right agent, it won’t be a hard sell at all. 🙂

  42. Congrats on finishing your book and querying! That process is always so stressful, and even scary. So what if your book isn’t a romance? You’re not the only one who enjoys books skewed more toward action/horror, so with the right agent, it won’t be a hard sell at all. 🙂

  43. Congrats on finishing your book and querying! That process is always so stressful, and even scary. So what if your book isn’t a romance? You’re not the only one who enjoys books skewed more toward action/horror, so with the right agent, it won’t be a hard sell at all. 🙂

  44. Congrats on finishing your book and querying! That process is always so stressful, and even scary. So what if your book isn’t a romance? You’re not the only one who enjoys books skewed more toward action/horror, so with the right agent, it won’t be a hard sell at all. 🙂

  45. Congrats on finishing your book and querying! That process is always so stressful, and even scary. So what if your book isn’t a romance? You’re not the only one who enjoys books skewed more toward action/horror, so with the right agent, it won’t be a hard sell at all. 🙂

  46. Congrats on finishing your book and querying! That process is always so stressful, and even scary. So what if your book isn’t a romance? You’re not the only one who enjoys books skewed more toward action/horror, so with the right agent, it won’t be a hard sell at all. 🙂

  47. Congrats on finishing your book and querying! That process is always so stressful, and even scary. So what if your book isn’t a romance? You’re not the only one who enjoys books skewed more toward action/horror, so with the right agent, it won’t be a hard sell at all. 🙂

  48. Congrats on finishing your book and querying! That process is always so stressful, and even scary. So what if your book isn’t a romance? You’re not the only one who enjoys books skewed more toward action/horror, so with the right agent, it won’t be a hard sell at all. 🙂

  49. Congrats on finishing your book and querying! That process is always so stressful, and even scary. So what if your book isn’t a romance? You’re not the only one who enjoys books skewed more toward action/horror, so with the right agent, it won’t be a hard sell at all. 🙂

  50. Congrats on finishing your book and querying! That process is always so stressful, and even scary. So what if your book isn’t a romance? You’re not the only one who enjoys books skewed more toward action/horror, so with the right agent, it won’t be a hard sell at all. 🙂

  51. Congrats on finishing your book and querying! That process is always so stressful, and even scary. So what if your book isn’t a romance? You’re not the only one who enjoys books skewed more toward action/horror, so with the right agent, it won’t be a hard sell at all. 🙂

  52. Congrats on finishing your book and querying! That process is always so stressful, and even scary. So what if your book isn’t a romance? You’re not the only one who enjoys books skewed more toward action/horror, so with the right agent, it won’t be a hard sell at all. 🙂

  53. Congrats on finishing your book and querying! That process is always so stressful, and even scary. So what if your book isn’t a romance? You’re not the only one who enjoys books skewed more toward action/horror, so with the right agent, it won’t be a hard sell at all. 🙂

  54. Congrats on finishing your book and querying! That process is always so stressful, and even scary. So what if your book isn’t a romance? You’re not the only one who enjoys books skewed more toward action/horror, so with the right agent, it won’t be a hard sell at all. 🙂

  55. Congrats on finishing your book and querying! That process is always so stressful, and even scary. So what if your book isn’t a romance? You’re not the only one who enjoys books skewed more toward action/horror, so with the right agent, it won’t be a hard sell at all. 🙂

  56. Congrats on finishing your book and querying! That process is always so stressful, and even scary. So what if your book isn’t a romance? You’re not the only one who enjoys books skewed more toward action/horror, so with the right agent, it won’t be a hard sell at all. 🙂

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