July 12th, 2017


I received the copyright certificate for my book a couple of days ago, which inspired me to end my querying hiatus. I hadn't contacted a literary agent since early May because I've been so preoccupied with seeking employment. However, I took a little break from the hunt and sent out five queries in the last three days. At this point, securing a regular job is beginning to seem almost as unlikely as finding a literary agent.

I wish that I had the time to dedicate to writing to more agents. Unfortunately, sending out these emails while simultaneously filling out job applications has been quite time consuming. I wish I could focus all of my energy on attempting to get my book published, but having a stable income appears to be a necessity in life, so I don't have as much time as I would like.

When I'm feeling down, I seek out stories of individuals who have finally landed a deal after months (or even years) of trying to find an agent/publisher. I read a post on a message board recently and the author had just managed to find representation after sending out 31 query letters, which lifted my spirits a bit. At this point in time, I've sent out a little less than half that. I have no concept of the average number of rejections an author receives before they eventually find an agent, but I'm guessing it's a fair few.

It's hard to adopt an optimistic mindset when your actual nature falls somewhere between "realism" and "pessimism." It's especially difficult when your practical side begins making arguments that your hopeful side doesn't want to hear. No matter how many times I feel like giving up, I'm not going to. I believe that my story is worth telling, and I won't stop until I've found a way to share it with the world.


Sheyla

May 7th, 2017


Today marks the official launch of my website, which is kind of a big deal, because the last time I owned my own domain, Bush was still president. That makes me sound really old, but as it happens, I just turned 24 two weeks ago. I thought returning to the world of web design would be like riding a bike, but unfortunately, this doesn't seem to rely as much on muscle memory as I had hoped. It's probably going to take me some time to adjust to maintaining a website after all this time. Though, I am proud to say that I was able to register my domain, create an email address, code this layout, and create some subpages already. I was so overwhelmed at first that I was certain it would take much longer than this to create some content.

So, what is this website for, exactly? That's a question that I'm still trying to figure out the answer to myself. First and foremost, I want to be able to use this website as a way to chronicle my journey in attempting to get my first book published. And if any other aspiring authors happen to stumble upon this page, perhaps it can be used as a platform for support, advice, and discussion.

However, this website is also serving as a jumping off point. What I mean by that is, while writing is a huge part of my life and my primary interest, it is by no means my only interest. So, I will be adding links to other sub-sites as I begin to create them. I have a few ideas in mind, but I'm still working on fine-tuning them and deciding what works and what doesn't work.


Thanks,
Sheyla

Note: The "blog" link on the top of the page doesn't actually go anywhere just yet. That's still a work in progress. However, if you're interested, you can check out my MBTI blog and my television rants on the "links" page.