Now there's a stirring post title. I'm thinking that this could be a kind of writing diary for me, so I'm starting from the swirl in my head, and no one topic stands out.
I opened my FRED manuscript last night and decided to query agents with it again. It's a no-category book, so I don't try to tell them which slot fits it. I dislike slots. Maybe because I avoid them. FRED, in particular, was a rebellious act -- I'd just finished two years of work on a mystery, trying to write to the genre, unsuccessfully, I think. I kept getting sidetracked, loving character-writing. Typical first effort, I imagine. I wanted to write something as it came, without thinking, pre-editing.
Of course, then I rewrote FRED about ten thousand times...lost count how many changes-drafts, working on my computer. Maybe I should have gone back to typewriters. Do writers revise less when the mechanical process is clunky?
Anyway, I emailed my first new FRED query this morning. I'm trying one at a time for now -- email has sped up the process of getting rejected immeasurably. Wish me luck. Or, do you tell a writer, "Break a pencil"?