The year's lessons at a glance:
- Query Letter Basics
- Beta Readers Are Your Friends (...Literally)
- It's Not A Race
- An Editor Makes All The Difference
- What Not To Do At Your Next Writer's Conference
- Inspiration Comes From Real Life
My Round 2 edits came back last week. My editor was thrilled with the revisions, so much so that the word 'verklempt' made an appearance! I had to read one of her lines over and over when she noted there were only a few small changes to make. I was expecting another couple weeks' worth, at least, and after two hours of tweaks, I sat and stared at the "There are no more changes or comments left in the document" message and tried to remember what I was supposed to do next.
Oh, right. That querying thing again.
Last time, I gathered 50+ agent names and sent out batches of 5-10 letters. I didn't really care who represented me as long as they rep'ed my genre and were passionate about my book. When a rejection came in, I rolled another letter out. It was a terrible cycle. Out of 50+ emails, I only got one request for pages, which resulted, three days later, in another rejection.
This time I'm being much more deliberate. I've only sent out one query so far, and yesterday that agent requested the first 30 pages. I think I'm finally on the right track.