Sigh. I’m querying a novel that concludes in the time period of the bubonic plague. During the Covid-19 outbreak and global quarantine. And lots of literary agents on social media are posting about how this is really not the time to be sending apocalyptic novels to them because they just want to read something light, fun, and heart-warming.
Like most of you, I’ve been sheltering in place for several weeks now and figured why not document the thoughts that have had quite a bit of time and space to magnify in my head around the trajectory of my novel writing journey.
If you’re familiar with past videos I’ve made on my YouTube channel, then you might acknowledge that usually I try to stay on topic and focused. However, this video got way rambly to the point where I couldn’t even think of a useful title.
So here’s a timestamp breakdown of what I chat about:
|00:55||How this process has differed from being un-agented and querying boutique Mind, Body, Spirit publishers directly|
|01:23||Why this endeavor feels different to every other I’ve pursued before|
|02:18||Storytime about wanting to pursue an MFA after college and why I didn’t|
|04:13||Persistence and keeping up my creative writing while in law school; writing and subbing short stories to lit journals and dividing my time between studying for the bar exam and writing a novel|
|06:15||When the dream of becoming a novelist started dying|
|***||07:51||Vlog #1, Finished My Novel|
|08:51||Reflecting on all my artsy fartsy dabblings and how they’re often encouraged as extracurriculars in Asian American families, but discouraged as professional pursuits|
|***||8:59||My tarot deck, the Spirit Keeper’s Tarot: Videos Playlist|
|10:45||“Fate is fate”|
|12:03||Tangent rant on Asian parents who discourage their children from pursuing the arts or who tell their children to multitask or juggle both a financially secure career and their passions|
|16:37||Feeling too old to be a “debut novelist”|
|17:19||Why publishing my debut novel feels high stakes and how this moment comes back full circle for me|
|18:42||Question for you. Share, if you’re willing, in the comments =)|