Alex Callahan

Perfect mix of magic and mayhem

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Happy Birthday! To ME! To Alex! To Life!

I’m 33 today.

Sometimes it feels like way more than that. And sometimes it feels like I’m barely out of my teens.

alexcallahan.com turns 5 today.

Sometimes it feels like this website and my writing career has been around for much longer than that. And sometimes it feels like it was only yesterday when I decided I wanted to pursue writing.

5 years ago, I decided I wanted to be a writer and I wanted to publish books and have that as my career. I also started plotting out my first serious original novel. It would take me ages to complete and edit, but it would later become the book I’m agent shopping right now.

Since then I managed to complete 5 novels, all waiting patiently to be edited and let out into the world, I’m working on a 6th one right now.

In that time, I really do feel like I’ve become a better writer, and I’m clarified my goals and how I want to reach them. It’s been a crazy ride and I know that it’s nowhere near the end. In fact, I’m really looking forward to where it might take me in the future 🙂

Also: LOOK AT THAT UNICORN CAKE ISN’T IT EPIC???

WANTED: Literary agent for contemporary fantasy

For those of you following me on Twitter, this will come as no surprise. I finished editing my urban fantasy novel (Werewolves! Magic! Murder!) to a point where I don’t know if it can be improved anymore (without sending it out to an editor). So it’s time to send it out to agents and, as the Internet says, prepare for a flood of rejections (or if the submission pages of some of those agencies suggest – for a resounding silence).

An anxious introvert reaching out to strangers asking them to like me. What could possibly go wrong…

What’s pushing me forward (aside from a very persistent writer friend) is the fact that it’s been a long time coming. Sweat, tears, and blood have been spilled for this thing and it would be a damn shame to just put it away. And if you think I’m exaggerating, you have no idea how dangerous paper can be.

Anyway.

How am I dealing with the stress (that I promised myself to avoid this year) of pitching my work to people who get flooded with emails every day? Very much like my protagonist: by doing research, putting things in neat task lists and color-coding what I can.

I’m also distracting myself with the next project, since, conveniently, NaNoWriMo is right around the corner. I can’t be stressing about agents if I’m stressing about word count, right?

It’s either writing or cornering people on Twitter asking them how they do this agent hunt thing.

Though, possibly, I could do both…

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