After half a dozen query workshops and tons of advice from friends who are published, I’ve taken that leap! I’m querying my novel.

I braced myself for a long, hard fall, and then discovered that I have a little parachute that’s helping me gently float — manuscript requests!

It feels so incredibly good to wake up in the morning to a full request! Someone, somewhere, wants to read a little bit more of something I wrote.

I started querying early August. So I’m not that far in yet, but I’ve learned that I have a query that gets responses. That feels like a big win, because marketing has always been a mysterious and frightening thing for me.

More lessons to come, I’m sure … but for now, I’m so grateful for this parachute that’s slowing the terrifying free fall.

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