Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Let Simmer For One Year...

It's been a year since I finished the first draft of The Novel and made the (ridiculous) declaration: "If I don't have an agent by next August, I'm self-publishing—no matter what!" Apparently I thought this book thing should have a fast track and I should be on it. Looking back, I've learned a lot—a LOT—about patience and perseverance and how getting published works. And I'm very glad I didn't stay on my "Must Get Published Today!" warpath, because I would've missed out on so many important lessons (and I'm not saying self-publishing is a bad thing, just that the way I would've jumped into it, without learning everything I've learned, would've made it a disaster).

The year's lessons at a glance:

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.


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    1. Thanks! It's a huge step, and she could still pass on it, but at least now I know I've got an eye-catching query!



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