I sent three queries out the week of July 5th. I found this process took a LOT of energy. Researched many, many agents. Spent a lot of time reading Query Shark and revising before sending. I highly recommend checking out Query Shark’s blog: https://queryshark.blogspot.com/2020/
I then got busy working on several interconnected short stories. I went a bit wild and made a Venn diagram with ideas to interweave characters and plot points– fun! First time I’ve tried that kind of mapping.
And then! The thrill of a bite 😀
On July 28th I received a request for my manuscript! I ran through the house whooping, gave hugs (safely- to my household family!), and did an endless jig all day long. Of course, I sent my manuscript within an hour of receiving the request.
I the meantime I took an amazing, inspiring short story writing class with Hannah Tinti, founder of One Story magazine and award winning author: www.hannahtinti.com
On August 6th I received my first rejection. Deflating? Yes. But it’s all part of the process and I have plenty of company. At least the agent responded fairly soon, and she was kind enough to send a personalized email.
Patience and persistence! Onward.
I’d love to hear your tips, query roller coaster stories and successes!
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