Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Querying as a Jane Austen Adaptation

When it comes to reading Ms. Austen's novels, I'm pretty lazy. I've read Pride and Prejudice several times, but I'm really bad about zoning out and setting it aside for long periods of time. Then I get frustrated and watch one of the movie versions. Oh, Movie Versions. What would we do without thee?

The other day, I was watching Persuasion for the millionth time. The version with THIS guy:


And I couldn't help sympathizing with Anne Elliot, our heroine. Really, any of Austen's heroines. With each unfortunate situation, I kept thinking, THIS IS MY LIFE RIGHT NOW. She's practically querying her manuscript! All she wants is an amazing agent that loves her book to marry for love (not that it hurts if he's well connected to the big six off), but with each man she starts to consider as a match, she's disappointed. She goes for a long walk with her family and the possible agent of her career love of her life, and she's the only lady that's not asked for the full manuscript escorted over the tiny bridge. Her cousin William starts to make eyes at her, even though he's obviously shady, but all along she's trying to get the attentions of Captain Wentworth. He's her dream agent come to life. For the majority of our glimpse into Anne's life, the Captain is quite unattainable, despite his own stolen glances and compliments to her writing and voice.

Before you start querying, you hear about the "ups and downs," but I don't think you quite "get" it until you're up to your neck in rejections and close calls. There are a lot of downs, but there can also be some ups that really mend the damage the downs caused. Take the criticism and learn from it. Take the praise and don't let it go to your head. Continue to study your craft and strive to get better daily.

Let those rejections roll off, because just like in the novels, the heroine always ends up with the right guy.

20 comments:

  1. that our delightful Rupert Penry Jones :) One of my fave British actors, he even won some polls over at Hollywood Spy :)

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  2. This is quite possibly my favorite post of yours TO DATE. And you know how much I <3 you, so that's saying ALOT. ;)

    As a fellow Austen lover, this is perfect. And timely.

    You know how I love a happy ending! Patience and hard work is key!

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  3. What an incredible take on it!! Love the last part best, "the heroine always ends up with the right guy". You will Kristin, I firmly believe that! So proud of your courage and diligence in persevering through the sludge.
    Catherine Denton

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  4. Omg this is perfecttttttt!!!! <3

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  5. Love it! SO true. And how have I not ever seen that version of Persuasion before? I know what I'm going to be doing this weekend. :)

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  6. I love that movie, but I love the book even more. Huge Austen fan over here, what what. And I totally hope we end up with Captain Wentworth... I mean, great agents.

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    1. What What! :) Here's to our own Captain Wentworth!!

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  7. Ha ha! So awesome, Kristin. This proves that Austen succeeded in giving her characters a universal problem that her readers can care about, no matter what stage of life they may be in! :)

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  8. love love love this post! ANd Persuasion is tied for my fave austen novel with pride and prejudice.

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    1. Thanks! It's amazing how few works she put out there, isn't it? But they're still favorites!

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  9. Hah! I love this metaphor! And you are so right. Actually querying and experiencing the rollercoaster is different than what you think it will be.

    Also, INTERNET HUGS!!

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    1. Completely different! INTERNET HUGS! :)

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  10. Ha! That's so true! And you will end up with your own happy ending in the end.

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  11. Great post! I'm just starting to query my latest book. I mean, just. I've sent out three queries and gotten back one rejection. Believe me though, I've floated in this river before. (or maybe drown in it)haha. I think that's why I'm just nervously sticking my toes in to see how cold the water is and if any piranha's are swimming around.

    Good luck with your querying!! I'm a new follower btw. I'm just hopping around the internet and found your site. I love your birds!

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  12. Yep! Perfect post for me right now, too. Thanks. Best of luck to you, Kristin.

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  13. Super post! Querying can be tough. My husband doesn't get that personal rejections are a good thing. All he sees is a rejection. I see that I am one step closer to my goal...

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