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Getting Published, with Jean Tennant, Episode 4

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With author Jean Tennant

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READ JEAN’S PROLOGUE HERE

READ CHAPTER 1 OF KARAOKE NIGHTS AT THE TWILIGHT LOUNGE HERE

READ CHAPTER 2 OF KARAOKE NIGHTS AT THE TWILIGHT LOUNGE HERE

READ JEAN’S AGENT QUERY LETTER HERE

READ JEAN’S REJECTION LETTER HERE

 

In episode 3, Jean reported her progress after having sent out several queries and told us that she had modified her query letter based on a listener suggestion. We also explored the idea of overpolishing one’s work, and Jean admitted that she enjoyed her scenes from the sixties more than the ones based in the present.

Today we hear more about the fate of Jean’s queries, discuss the state of the industry, and hear some advice from Writing Show listeners.

We invite you to offer your feedback on Jean’s work by commenting on our blog and/or writing to Paula B. at paula at writingshow dot com. Or, stop by Jean’s Web site and give her an atta girl.

Interviewee: Jean Tennant
Host: Paula B
Date: January 24, 2007
Running time: 36:33
File size: 36 megabytes
Rating: G
Jean Tennant’s Web site: www.jeantennant.com

4 Responses to “Getting Published, with Jean Tennant, Episode 4”

  1. T.A. Evans Says:

    I had been meaning to comment for awhile, but it took awhile to put my thoughts into words. First I want to say I’ve ejoyed hearing your journey through these podcasts. I read the prologue and loved it, but when I got to the first page in your old chapter 1 for some reason I wasn’t as gripped. I’ve heard chapter 2 is excellent and, but I’ve been so busy with my own writing I haven’t gotten to reading it yet.

    I’m sorry those agents weren’t interested, but I’m certain your story has a home somewhere. In episode 4 you said you decided to tweak your story a bit by redoing the first chapter to bring the action forward. I’ve experienced the same problem in a YA novel I’m revising. The beginning might need some work, but I’ll get through it.

    I recently started sending out query letters for my middle grade short story collection, and after being rejected by almost ten agents I got one who liked my query letter enough to see my whole manuscript.

    It’s weird though, though I felt bad that the other agents I sent query letters to weren’t interested to read my manuscript, it didn’t sting nearly as hard as I thought it would. I actually feel happy because I feel like I’m taking a step farther than most of those who say they want to write. Even if this agent rejects me, I know it’s the work and not me personally.

    I guess what I’m trying to say is don’t give up, give it all you’ve got and you’ll have no regrets.

  2. Administrator Says:

    Thanks so much for your thoughtful comments, T.A. I’ve passed them along to Jean.

    Jean is working on bringing the action forward, but she tells me it isn’t working out quite as neatly as she planned. She’s still waiting to hear from the other agents she sent queries to.

    I’m glad you’re not feeling discouraged. Considering how much rejection even wildly successful authors experience, that’s the right attitude to have. I think Isaac Asimov received 20 or 30 or more rejections before his first publication. Can you imagine that?

    I would like to use your comments in Jean’s next episode!

    Best,
    Paula B.

  3. T.A. Evans Says:

    Just thought I’d give a quick update. I finally read chapter two of Karaoke Nights at the Twilight Lounge and was hooked all the way through. You definitely have genuine talent. I’ve been plugging away with my writing and have made some good headway. I also found out my novel that I thought was YA, turned out to be Middle Grade.

    I mentioned last time that an agent asked to see the manuscript for my middle grade short story collection; I was planning to finish formatting it when I heard the interview with Lyda Phillips. It was very enjoyable, but it also made me think long and hard if my short story collection was really ready to send out.

    After careful thought, I decided to hold off sending it out and put more work into it. The last thing I want to do is send something out that could use more work, I want to send only my most professional work.

    I can’t wait for the next episode.

  4. Administrator Says:

    Hi, T.A.

    Jean will be thrilled at your comment. I’ve forwarded it to her. Would it be okay to read this on our next episode?

    I’m glad Lyda’s interview has helped you. I don’t think anyone can lose by letting their writing sit for a while and coming back to it with a fresh eye. You think everything looks great, and when you come back to it you see all kinds of things you don’t like.

    It’s great that you’ve got an agent interested! Best of luck with that.

    Paula B.