After that my plan of action will be:
- Create a nice pitch letter and synopsis (pitching is my least favourite thing, and I'm really bad at it, so I'll probably need help with this).
- Send the pitch to agents until one of them bites
- While that is going on, write an outline for one of my other books. I have three projects on the back burner. One is still in the idea stage, the other two have several chapters written (though I don't know right now whether they are up to my standards of perfection).
You guys are all probably dying to know what my book is about. If you promise not to steal my idea then I'll tell you, okay? (Keep in mind, that since making a synopsis is a lot like pitching, I'm also not that good at it):
In the future, there's going to be this war between Earth and the outer human colonies which is fought and won by robot soldiers called "wardroids". My book takes place 50 years after this war, when the wardroids have all been refitted to be workers and sex slaves (I know, fun right?) The three main characters (who tell the story through alternating, first-person view points) are: Emily, a mechanic aboard a space-mining vessel who has no memory of her past; Commander Black, Emily's boss and former lover; and 32-80, a wardroid who works on the same ship and is a key player in the wardroid uprising. The book is all about how their pasts and destinies are intertwined. And there will be action and romance and all that.
Yesterday I killed someone (in my book not in real life, duh) and I was kind of feeling bummed about it. It's a solution to the problem of evil when you think about it: Why does God cause so much suffering? As a plot device! The guy was a red shirt from the beginning, but still it's amazing the guilt one can feel from murdering a fictional character. Anyway, other than that I've not been depressed or anything, just immersed in other forms of creativity (and, I must admit, some less constructive distractions as well).