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I am reaching the end of my non-fiction title on hysterectomies. I’ve started the process of writing a query letter and wondering how or where I might find a publisher willing to take on 21,500 words. I know it’s short but I’m trying to keep it short, sweet and to the point. Women who are going to have this surgery have a lot on their minds and don’t need a book full of medical jargon and babble to wade through because it needs to be 50,000 words or more.
So that has me down a little bit… so did printing it! I always print my manuscripts double sided to save paper and somehow there was a glitch with the printer and I ended up with multiples of the same page. Pages 1-10 came out normal and that’s it.
On the up side, the anthology I had a story accepted for arrived in the mail yesterday. It was much smaller than I thought it would be but it’s exciting all the same!
I feel positive about my writing at the same time as feeling down. I’m not sure what those feelings are about. I realize it’s all part of the writing path but the emotional ups and downs are similar to crashing storm waves vs the gentle waves that don’t even turn to white caps as they hit the shore.
Maybe it’s the feeling of just hanging right now… I’m hanging at my job, I’m hanging on waiting for responses from a couple of contests… I’ve reached the end of the line on Hysterectomy & You (working title) having completed three edits and I’m terrified to move on to a query letter. I’d really like to see this book out there because I think it would help a lot of people. I was hoping to not self-publish it because it’s harder to get the reach and sell it.
If anyone has suggestions, ideas, thoughts… as always they are more than welcome!