So as you might be wondering… I am STILL working on my directed revision from the end of June and have not sent another query letter or anything. In fact, I contacted the agents who still had my MS and asked if they would hold off on reading it until I got them a newer draft. They were all absolutely gracious and agreed. That’s how much I believed that I needed a huge overhaul on my book.
You might guess that due to the lack of progress, I was what you might call – STUCK! I was overwhelmed and not really sure how to get where I wanted my book to be.
I’ve been watching Brenda Drake’s Pitch Wars contest for the last few years, but never was at a place where I could enter. This year, when submission time came around, I decided to give it a shot. Getting a chance to have my novel edited by a professional YA writer would be a dream come true. So I entered and lo and behold, Trisha Leigh picked me as an alternate!
I’m so ridiculously excited to begin working on my SIX PAGE edit letter and a MS full of line edits! Eeks! I have such a renewed vision for this book and it felt soooo good to get picked out of so many people (over 1200 submissions) and have someone who loved my book! yay!
So recently, I have revisited my manuscript for a particularly exciting reason!
It’s been fun getting back into these lives that I spent so much time with. These voices that once lived in my head for a year.
It’s made me think about a lot of things, but the main thing is my manuscript is just not ready yet.
So I’m taking this incredibly opportunity and am going to stop querying until I can get this MS in tip top shape!
So for my wildly unsuccessful stats for my first time ever querying:
Queries sent: 48
Requests: 11 (10 fulls and one partial that upgraded)
R&R: 2 (one I accepted, one I did not as it was too far from my vision)
I wasn’t ready this time, but I’ll be ready my next round!
What I learned during round one?
- Only send 7-10 queries out at a time. and WAIT. Yes that means this process is slower, but it will be more precise.
- Wait to start getting feedback on requested materials before you start sending more queries out. For me, I started getting requests trickling in, so I got excited and blasted like 20 queries in one day. But then within a few weeks, I started getting passes and they all listed a very similar reason. If I would have waited, I would have been able to revise before continuing to send out queries.
- Don’t get too excited and start querying before you’re ready. How do you know you’re not ready? Oh. You know. And I really did if I was honest with myself, but I told myself it was just nerves. It wasn’t. It was too soon and you only get one chance with agents. Don’t screw yourself by querying too early.
In the end, this is all a learning experience and it might be super weird to say it, but I’m actually really enjoying the process.
PS. rejections suck.