It’s been quite a while since I posted anything about my writing.
For those of you I haven’t managed to bore with it yet, I have written a book. It’s called Art and Soul and is a contemporary romance – and when I say “romance” I mean in the vein of Pride and Prejudice, not 50 Shades (one of my friends was very disappointed!). It features love, art and cake. If you want to know more, click here.
In early June, I began submitting samples of Art and Soul to literary agents here in the UK. This usually involves sending them a covering letter, the first 3 chapters of the novel and a plot synopsis. I believe the process of querying is a bit different in the US.
Sounds straight-forward, right? Well, yes, probably. But I find the whole thing rather stressful. Every agent has their own submission guidelines which must be followed to the letter or you give them one more reason to reject your work. This makes the composition of each submission as stressful as applying for a job. A job you really, really want.
So, how’s it going so far?
Four months have passed since I sent out the first submissions and since then I’ve sent out two more batches. The idea of submitting in small groups is that I can makes changes to my submission if it’s getting rejected wholesale by everyone.
Of the 12 agents I could reasonably expect to have heard back from by now, I have 6 rejections and 6 nothings. To be fair to the non-responders, a couple do make it clear that if you don’t hear from them after X number of weeks then they’re not interested. And the others could be drowning under submissions and may not have laid eyes on my work yet.
Anyway… Last week I sent out another small batch to see where that gets me. I’m truly beginning to understand what other writers are going on about when they say the only difference between the successful and not-so-successful authors is a refusal to quit in the face of opposition!
After reading this great article by Linda K. Sienkiewicz about the importance of submitting to a large number of literary agents (of course, if that’s the path you want to go down), I’m committing to sticking with submissions until I have an overwhelming pile of “no”.
In the words of that great philosopher, Dory from Finding Nemo:
Anyone else in the middle of the submission/querying process? If you are, I hope it’s going well 🙂