Making a move...

I began the submission/query process earlier this month. Spending hours researching agents and publishers who would be willing to accept unsolicited manuscripts. Drafting the letter to be personalized to each, making sure my submissions were in accordance with their guidelines. There was one thing no one ever tells you about this process. It's a PITA. And that can be literally a pain in the behind, as you sit at a desk for several more hours, focused on getting each submission just right. You hit the send button, set it on its way....only to get a "Thank you for considering us but...." letter back in return. If you're lucky. I got one reply that said, in its entirety, "Very sorry we can't h

Thanks, but no thanks

I received my first rejection from an agent today. At first, I saw the subject line...a reply to a query I had sent out a couple of weeks ago. I got a little excited. Until I saw the rest of the email. Thanks so much for writing me about your project. While I think this has potential, I'm sorry to say that it isn't quite right for my list. Please know that I’m so very grateful for the opportunity to consider your work and wish you nothing but the best in your search for representation! Yes, I'm a little deflated. But I know that the odds of getting a "Yes! I love it! Please let me represent you!" email the first time out are nil. So, I'll take it in stride, continue sending out my manusc

And so it begins...

...the preparing of the manuscript for submitting to agents and publishers. The writing of the query letters and the synopsis. Gathering information from different publishers and agents, what they want and how they want it. And then, the hardest part. The waiting. Oh my goodness, the waiting! Waiting for letters of acceptance, or ones of rejection. Waiting for any reply at all. And patience is not my strong suit when it comes to something I've worked hard for and want so much. This process could be agonizing! I just have to remind myself that I have a plan in place, and all I have to do is follow it. Keep my eye on the prize. And remember, above everything else, that I've accomplished somet

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