Wednesday May 13, 2020 | By Hieronymus Hawkes | Blogging | Leave Comments
This is not a new thing. I've been through this twice before and was entirely unsuccessful. So, it's created a cringy moment for me every time I see that I have mail in "that" inbox. I expect a "no thanks" and it is kind of crazy that it is giving me so much anxiety. To be fair "so much anxiety" for me is just a little more than your everyday getting through a humdrum day level of anxiety. My wife and kids suffer from anxiety disorder, so they know it much more intimately than I do, but nonetheless it is surprising.
My son tells me he is that way for any email. Even though he knows he may have important info in there he hates getting that ping.
I remember back in the old days of America Online and that little voice that told you, "You have mail." It was a cool thing. Subbing has kind of ruined that feeling for me.
I have it out to a dozen agents and one publisher and have already got "no thanks" from two, which, good for them, it was super fast. I appreciate that.
I know how things are. I know I have to level up my game, and I have. I expect to get a yes this time, but even saying that I still cringe every time I see that I have a response. I want it, but my track record thus far has ingrained in me an expectation of rejection.
My mentor from my MFA program told me to sub each manuscript until I got a hundred rejections. The problem I personally have is finding that many agents that represent science fiction. I have around 90 on my list. I keep looking and hoping. I know it only takes one, "Yes."
I would love to hear your submissions stories.Read More
Thursday March 5, 2020 | By Hieronymus Hawkes | Blogging | Leave Comments
I recently finished a complete overhaul of my latest manuscript, after getting some great feedback. The story has changed drastically, so have a lot of the characters. I noticed that PitMad was coming up so I decided to brush off the pitch and see if I got any bites. The event is sponsored by Pitchwars.org
Cole's life is in disarray after his memory is stripped in a brutal attack that destroys his neurochip. Now the centerpiece of a government cover-up, he must expose the truth behind hundreds of mysterious deaths before they shut him up for good. #PITMAD #A #S #SPF #SF
A brutal attack destroys Cole's neurochip, strips his memory, and leaves his life in shambles. Now the centerpiece of a government cover-up, and unable to trust anyone, he must expose the truth behind hundreds of deaths before they shut him up for good. #PITMAD #A #S #SPF #SF
A brutal attack destroys Cole's neurochip, strips his memory, and leaves his life in shambles. Deep state treachery and a manhunt make exposing the truth a daunting task. Blake Crouch's Recursion meets William Gibson's Zero History. #PITMAD #A #S #SPF #SF
In Your Write Mind 2019 Review
Wednesday July 3, 2019 | By Hieronymus Hawkes | Blogging | Leave Comments
Awesome is an overused adjective, but it really is the prefect word to describe my recent trip. This past weekend I went back to Seton Hill University for the first time since I graduated from the MFA program four years ago. I was excited to see some of my old friends and mentors, but I didn’t have any great expectations for the writer’s convention itself. It’s a small con by comparison, so I figured it would just be okay. Boy was I surprised. [caption id="attachment_1428" align="alignnone" width="469"] Chris Kepner, Mark Oshiro, Nat Kimber, and Sandra Kasturi. Photo by Gina Anderson[/caption] Every single Guest of Honor was fantastic. Seriously. I’m not kidding. They were fun and smart and very knowledgeable in their areas of expertise. (more…)Read More
Still Holding Out
Sunday February 14, 2016 | By Hieronymus Hawkes | Blogging | Leave Comments
I'm about six years into this writing adventure. I have two novels that I feel are completed and ready for sale. I have four other novels in various stages of development. Trying to figure out which one to work on has been challenging. Well, really, the hard part is still making myself sit and write. I usually write when I get that far. I've settled on which one to work on, so that problem is solved for the short term. Not selling these books or getting representation from an agent is disheartening, so I try not to think about it and just focus on writing the next story. There is freedom in not being locked into a contract at this point and it gives me hope. In the meantime I keep on writing. Once that first deal is made I think the pressure increases to write at a certain speed. Of course that's all hearsay right now. I am getting quicker with each book and may eventually get to where I can do several in a year, but that's not today. Your take away: keep writing while you're waiting for a response. You will have more to offer when the time comes. (more…)Read More
My Journey to get an Agent
Sunday March 29, 2015 | By Hieronymus Hawkes | hunting for representation | Leave Comments
Are you or someone you know looking for an agent? Let me share with you what I've learned in the process. I'm aiming at fiction novelists. If you write short stories, or non-fiction or anything other than novel length fiction this isn't really for you. There are a few things you will need to start the process--a manuscript, a query letter, a synopsis, and a list of agents. First and foremost you need a finished manuscript. You can prep the other stuff, but before you send the first thing to a potential agent you need to have your MS completed, reviewed by alphas and betas, and edited as well as possible. It should be polished to a fine sheen, because this is the thing that will cement the deal. Even if you write a great query and a great synopsis, if your manuscript is subpar the agent is going to pass. (more…)Read More