QUERY SEASON, AUDIOBOOK MOMENTUM, SEQUEL DRAFTING, AND BALTIMORE BOOK FESTIVAL SIGNING

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QUERY SEASON

Query Season has kicked off for DM. That means I’m sending out three queries a day to agents until I have 50 queries out. Then I will pause and see how the responses are going. I have an agent list that I put together back in July for this book. It’s a long list because, well, I’m a cautious optimist.

So far, it’s been the best query season yet. This is the first time I’ve ever gotten full requests on the first batch of queries. It’s incredibly exciting and nail-biting. I would be thrilled to work with any of the agents reading my full right now.

AUDIO BOOK MOMENTUM

I approved the first 15 minutes of my audiobook in early August. My amazing narrator has been bogged down in upper respiratory issues, but she is on the mend. She plans to have the final audiobook to me October 15th. Then I have to review and approve it. And then it will go live on Audible.com sometime in mid to late November.

SEQUEL DRAFTING FOR SIX TRAIN

I finalized my outline for Six Train’s sequel last week. I started drafting the rough draft of the sequel. I’m being ambitious and setting a word count of 1500 words a day, 5 days a week. If all goes according to plan, I will have a rough draft by December. It will need time to breathe, then a round of revisions, then beta reading, and revisions after that, but the most time consuming part is the drafting and the time it’s with betas.

BALTIMORE BOOK FESTIVAL

I was one of the authors selected to be in the author tent at the Baltimore Book Festival on September 27th from 12 pm to 8 pm. It’s a nice chunk of the day I’ll be hanging out there. Come chat about books and if you want a personalized copy of Six Train they will be available. I’m also going to have a little giveaway going on too.

THE GIRL WHO IGNORED GHOSTS STATUS

My editorial revisions were turned in before I went to WI. I’m waiting on line edits from my editor.

BOOK SALES 

I don’t think I remembered to report book sales in June or July. Sorry about that. Anyway, June was a writing month and not a promoting month. July was mostly a promoting month.

June: 7 books

July: 41 books

 

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18 Responses to QUERY SEASON, AUDIOBOOK MOMENTUM, SEQUEL DRAFTING, AND BALTIMORE BOOK FESTIVAL SIGNING

  1. Carrie Rubin says:

    I just got my first book from Audible.com not too long ago. Was able to listen to an audiobook on my phone using Bluetooth while driving long distance. Was nice not to mess with CDs.

    Sounds like things are going well for you. Good luck in Baltimore!

    • I never listened to an audibook but they seem like a great market to expand into. My grandmother has been losing her sight and I wanted to make sure she could hear Six Train whenever she wants too. 🙂 Thanks. Pushing forward with things and seeing what happens. 🙂

  2. I’m breathless with the amount of work you’re doing again Kourtney, good luck with everything 🙂

  3. jmmcdowell says:

    I know a lot of readers who enjoy audible books for their commutes, so I suspect it’s a great market to tap into. Sending you positive thoughts on those queries!

    • I’ve heard that too. I hope so! Thanks so much! I am cautiously optimistic. Also drafting the next book helps. I know I’ve got something else coming along. It makes it feel less do or die when you get a rejection. 🙂

  4. You are doing great with your organizational skills, Kourtney! I like the way you balance writing with marketing and other tasks that a writer must do. You go girl 🙂

  5. diannegray says:

    I love audio books – what a brilliant idea. Your days sound very busy Kourtney 😀

    • Thanks Dianne. It’s been in the works since February. Hoping to have it available in late November from Audible. LOL. They are a bit hectic. Juggling projects. I’m making headway in all areas–sometimes it’s a nudge sometimes it’s a leap. 🙂

  6. Hey Kourtney, Lots of newsy updates in this post! How exciting about your submissions for DM. Maybe getting those requests for the full manuscripts on the first round suggests that you’ve grown as a writer! Fingers crossed that something works out. I don’t know if you have a recurring list of betas or if you’re always switching it up, but I’d love to help out again if you think the fit would be right. 🙂

    • LOL. Yeah, I try to pack a lot into these weekly postings. It’s pretty cool to be querying again. I’m hoping this time I find an agent who I can build my career with. 🙂 I think I’ve finally learned how to write a really hooking query letter. I’m seeing 15% request rates and 10% is usually considered very good. 🙂 I hope one of these fulls leads to an offer, but I’ve got a long list so I’m prepared to keep at it. I do try to use the same betas because they get a feel for my body of work. I’d love to have you as a beta on Six Train’s sequel! You gave amazing feedback on DM. It will probably be sometime in early 2015 that it will be ready for betas. 🙂

  7. Aquileana says:

    You a brilliant Kourt <3
    Major congrats on "Query Season and the audiobook coming ahead….
    I think I will purchase it as I'd love to listen to it (and I wouldn't take me so much time and concentration). I'll stay tuned to buy it then!.
    Also congrats on the other achievements and projects.
    Always great to know about your ethical crossings, my writer friend!!! 🙂
    Best wishes and happy weekend ahead, Aquileana 😀

  8. EllaDee says:

    Your posts are always inspirational. I love readng how much you accomplish and the minutiae of how you do it. It’s a dymanic approach that can only accomplish the results you are aiming for. That you share it is very generous 🙂

    • Thanks EllaDee. I try to capture what’s going on in my writer journey. Sometimes there’s lots of stuff on the pipeline, sometimes there’s lots of waiting. I try to keep busy and push forward everything that I can. 🙂

  9. Very exciting about your queries. I know how much of a nail-biter this time can be. I have never listened to an audio book, but what a great idea! You are the project queen!

    • Thanks. Drafting keeps me slightly distracted. Thank goodness. Otherwise it’s awful. I’ve never been an aural person. I’m way more visual but they seem to be pretty popular. 🙂 LOL. Thank you. Now if only my tiara and scepter would arrive. 😉

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