So at the start of the year I rashly declared that before another January came around I would be in a position to query agents with an actual, bona fide novel of my own. And then I went quiet, because getting to that position meant focusing on novel drafts rather than blog posts.
The good news is that all of that work has paid off. Iron and Gold has been through multiple drafts this year, and I finally reached the point where I'm, well, not happy with it because you can never be entirely happy with a story, but as content as I can be that it's as good as I can make it. And so I've formatted it properly, and written a synopsis, and written a query letter, and sent it out to a few agents. Now all I have to do is sit back and wait for the rejections to come rolling in...
Obviously, I hope somebody likes it. I hope it gets picked up, because I really like these characters and I want to write the other two books that I have in mind with them. But just in case, I'm going to crack on with other things instead.
Helpfully, I've got NaNoWriMo looming to help with that. I have a plot in mind, but there's still a certain amount of worldbuilding to be done. I've got lizard people, and a matrilinear human society, and two different calendar systems, and a not-quite-murder mystery, and a host of characters, but I still need a few more names and things. And a title. I've no idea what this one is going to be called yet, but it'll come.
And if NaNo this year gets derailed by a deluge of responses from agents? Well, that won't be such a bad thing now, will it?