Although I have been woefully behind in my reading the blogs of the cadre of fine writers on my “favorites” list, I do see their partial posts via my iPhone. Thusly, I know many of them are at the point of submitting their manuscript to agents and publishers. Here’s some great insight, from an insider. In a nutshell – you may not be as unqualified as you may have been led to believe. Enjoy!
It’s been almost a full year now since I signed with my agent, but the thing about querying is, if you did it for long enough, I’m not sure you ever forget what it was like.
Me? I did it on and off for four years.
I got something like ten rejections on my first ms before I stopped (not that I’d normally advise giving up after that low a number, it’s just that it was far more of a “market timing” thing – NA! – than anything else), fifty before shelving the second one (what, until my most recent ms, was “the book of my heart”), and then was very lucky to find my agent through The Writer’s Voice contest with my third, for which I only sent about five queries.
That adds up to a whole lotta two things: 1) Research 2) Rejections
When I queried the first…
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