As some of you know, I have been going through the submission process in an attempt to get my second book published through traditional channels. And I had an agent ask to review my proposal in response to a query. She said she was "intrigued" by my project. I did a little happy dance, reviewed the document one more time, then pressed "Send." And an entirely new kind of waiting commenced.
It has been agony. Even worse than waiting for a response to a query. Her website states that her normal response time for partials and fulls is 6-8 weeks. This past weekend marked seven weeks. So for better or for worse, I have been anticipating a response any day now.
Then I came across this post from Janet Reid, literary agent extraordinaire. In it she asserted that writers need to make sure they follow up after sending requested materials (I was planning to do so if the normal wait period passed without word). And, she said, there is a good chance the agent in question never even received my materials. Wait, WHAT?!
You mean after all this time, I might have to START OVER AGAIN? All this nail biting has possibly been for naught? If the agent never did receive my proposal, is she still interested? And do I have to wait another 6-8 weeks for a response if I resend? Keep in mind, after all of this, the agent may very well say she is not interested. In which case I will be back to the proverbial Square One.
I've gotta tell you, this submission process is insane. And unbelievably frustrating. People may wonder why writers often seem to be wary of the publishing industry. Look at all the anguish we experience. Here's the deal. We work hard to perfect our craft. We follow all the rules. We jump through all the hoops. And we get squashed at every turn.
But I'll tell you one thing. If anyone is suited for this insanity, it's writers. You will never find anyone more dedicated, driven, passionate, persistent or resilient. Writers rock! And we're in it for the long haul. We can take it!
What adjectives would you use to describe writers? And do you have any submission stories to share?