I skipped ahead and did a query, posted it on AbsoluteWrite and Backspace for review, and was basically told in no uncertain terms not to waste my time querying something 160000 words. Not to mention it's done all wrong, and I need to narrow down my genre and maybe redo the whole book to find the hook. Even had one person tell me I may have to sack the whole thing and just write another book.
After I blew wind back into my own sails again and got up off the floor. I sucked it up and opened that document again, and I've started chopping. Again.
I'm a glass-half-full kind of person (good thing, huh?) so I'm approaching this with a good attitude. Sorta. Okay, well maybe not really yet, I'm kinda sulking. But I WILL have a good attitude eventually. Really.
Maybe after I figure out how to cut what equates to 12 chapters and keep the continuity, then I'll have a good attitude.
Okay, that was kinda bitchy, huh? I need to work on that. I'll work on that. I'll go get some caffeine, take a vitamin, and work on that.
On the upside (see, I have one) I joined RWA the other day, and am looking into finding an online chapter to participate in since there is nothing close to me. Kind of excited about that. I hear so much from other writers about conferences they go to, meeting agents and editors and authors, and I'm so in awe. That seems so outside my normal life, and I can't imagine getting to that stage. That would probably be after I get that good attitude, huh? Yeah. ;)