Another milestone in this topsy-turvy world of publishing has been reached: I submitted my first query letter to an agent!
This process is exhilarating and frustrating all at the same time. There were two steps involved: writing the query letter and researching agents.
Writing the query letter took some time because I wanted to be sure the wording was just right. Let me tell you, I didn’t think I could possibly become more intimate with my book until I had to condense over 48,000 words into a single page. It kind of had me feeling like:
But I did it.
The next step was going through the Writer’s Market book to find agents. I made a list of ones I felt would be a good fit and looked through their websites.
Several of the ones I was most excited about are now closed to submissions. But I persevered. Four of the eleven I picked are open for submissions and seem to be a good fit for my novel.
Prince was singing Cream in the background and giving me confidence as I followed the query guidelines and hit the ‘submit’ button for each one.
Now I wait.
And continue to write the outline for the second novel in the series.
There’s one agent that I really hope picks up my novel. I really think she and I would work well together. But in the end, I know that the agent I end up with will be the one for me. In the meantime, I just keep taking daily, tiny, consistent steps toward my goal.
Until next time!