I Have About Another Year Left With This First Novel

by Shelt Garner

Apparently, there are two times of the year when you can query literary agents — the spring and the fall. In that is the case, then I probably have about another year left in this project. Despite all my expectations, I’m simply not in a position to query this first novel, much less sell it anytime soon.


So, as such, it’s going to be the fall of 2023 when I’m finally done with this novel to the point that I feel comfortable querying it. There are a huge number of things that could either go wrong, change the context or delay this, but, in general, I think I’m fairly safe in believing I can begin querying by the end of 2023.

One big issue is that of who I’m going to ultimately find to be my beta readers. I have no friends and no one likes me, so I’m going to have to find someone to pay to be my beta reader. Or, alternately, I can participate in a beta reading program of some sort myself and that way I would read someone else’s stuff in exchange for them reading mine.

But, in the end, you just have to have hope. You have to believe in yourself and not be so quick to assume you won’t succeed. I’m not getting any younger, though. Since I broke my ankle a few months ago, I have found myself doubly aware of how fragile life is and how unexpected events can change everything without any notice.

Wish me luck.

Author: Shelton Bumgarner

I am the Editor & Publisher of The Trumplandia Report

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