set a goal (a.k.a. Fear the Fail)
It’s that time of year again.
The 2010 SCWW Annual Conference is fast approaching, and once again I’m being bombarded with daydreams of NYT Bestseller-dom, nightmares of being nekkid with agents (NOT the fun kind of nekkidness, unfortunately!), and early morning writing sessions during which I avoid my novel by scouring the internet for articles on how to break through writer’s block.
So what better way to kick my butt into high gear, than to sign up for a real-time query with a literary agent at the conference? There’s a first time for everything, and this year SCWW is offering the first ever real-time query sessions:
… meet your with faculty member at the appointed time and place. You’ll hand over your fabulous query letter and the faculty member, who will have had no prior introduction to your work, will read the query letter and offer feedback. You will have the opportunity to ask questions of your faculty member and figure out how to improve your query letter before you begin the submissions process.
Perfect, right? I mean, I thought I had a killer query last year, but no one blew down my door with offers of said bestseller-dom, so perhaps I overshot that one a tad. And this deadline CANNOT BE BROKEN. It’s not an option.
So… how to make the goal… something tangible…
Maybe it’ll help if I get that shiny new Sun & Moon tarot deck I’ve been drooling over?
I suppose I could make that my carrot for meeting my goal.
One polished mystery === one S&M toy
Maybe that’s not such a bad idea, after all. Three cheers for setting a new goal!
(get yer mind outta the gutter!)
Full disclosure: I couldn’t wait for the new deck, which turned out to be one of my all-time favorites!