Category Archives: j’s Journey

j’s Journey: an epiphany in three parts

by Judy Clement Wall 1. I’ve been thinking about (researching, dreaming of, obsessing over, attempting) publication more these days. It’s not an entirely new process for me. My work has been published in literary journals and anthologies, and on some really cool websites (like this one), but ever since finishing my novel in May, my…

j’s Journey: A little detour

Since our last play date… I revised my query letter one last time. Seriously. This is the last one. (Stop laughing.) After my last post, a talented, experienced author offered to read my letter. She gave me advice that made my inner tuning fork hum. I felt the rightness of it, updated my letter, and…

j’s Journey: Finding my stride

Previously on j’s Journey… I have a theory. We attract people. All of us. All the time. We talk and tweet and blog and write, and we attract people. Best to attract people to the real me – not the neurotic, half-crazed me who worries about whether an agent will turn me down because I…

j’s Journey: The Laws of Attraction

By Judy Clement Wall My agent search continues. Slowly. In two weeks, I’ve queried six agents. I tell myself that’s because I’m doing it right. I’m looking for good fits, searching out the agents of authors who write books like mine. I diligently read agency websites and agent interviews, and only when the stars align…

j’s Journey: Popping my cherry

By Judy Clement Wall I did it. I sent my first query letter to an agent. It was an email, actually, constructed according to guidelines – a description of my book, a bio, the first five pages of my manuscript embedded (no attachments). It was as easy as hitting “send.” Which of course wasn’t really…

j’s Journey: Perspective

By Judy Clement Wall On April 5th, my journey began. I was hoping to come back here and tell you that the series was over because, in two weeks, I’d found an agent, sold the book at auction for a gazillion dollars, and would subsequently be writing posts about puppies and rainbows. Instead, my first…

The Beginning

By Judy Clement Wall On March 10th of this year, I made the final revision on the final draft of my literary novel, Beautiful Lives. Sometime before that final keystroke, as I neared the end, I told Milli, “I think I should blog the process of trying to get BL published.” I’m not sure what…