It’s been nearly two months since I first heard from the agent and not a word. It’s funny how the mind works during such a lull in communication. Did the manuscript get lost by the post office? Is it sitting on his desk beneath a huge stack of other similar

We had a fierce storm in California last weekend. Just about everyone we know had fences blown down. Last Saturday, my son and I were pulling nails out of fallen planks. I have not heard back from the agent who was interested yet, and I’ve gotten two more rejections from two other agents

What a nice early Christmas present this year. After shopping for some new pants and shoes, I stopped by the mailbox and there was a reply letter – not a form letter, but a personalized one. Dear Mr Wheeler: I am intrigued by your query and would liek to consider

Had another dose of rejection from a third agent, but I’m still confident. I sent out queries to five more this last weekend to try and increase the odds. As Napoleon Hill once said: “Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” Heard the same sentiment from Steve

A week ago I was in New York City on a business trip. While I was eating a burger in Central Park and enjoying the beautiful day in Manhattan, I thought about the agent I was still waiting to hear back from. Funny how thoughts can trigger actions. Friday when

I received my first rejection letter for Wretched after returning home from a quick business trip to Phoenix. One of my mentors, Sharon Kay Penman, has always said that writers waiting for responses from agents or editors is like dangling and twisting slowly on tenterhooks (an idiom for being in a

Today is the anniversary of the Sept 11 attacks. My wife and I talked this morning about how much was different now than then. Six years ago, I took a commuter train from Livermore to the Bay Area. I didn’t have a cell phone, only a pager, and my wife sent

This month (August) is going to be focused on editing the final manuscript of Wretched and getting things ready to submit to an agent. I bought a copy of the 2007 Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market and went through it the other night looking for agents. I’m going to start

Last Saturday I finished the initial draft of The Wretched of Muirwood. So far, it is around 32 chapters and close to 300 pages long. It has taken nearly a year to complete, and I know there will be some major editing going on, but I’m pleased with how this

I heard in the news yesterday that my favorite book of all-time (Terry Brooks’ Elfstones of Shannara) will be made into a movie. I am very excited about the possibility, and also a wee bit nervous. You never know what Hollywood is going to do to a film until you