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10 April 2008 @ 04:07 pm
Query/Writing update  
I haven't blogged about the query saga in awhile. Yesterday, in the wake of my birthday-induced flash of self pity, I sent out three new queries. (The best possible cure for rejection/unpublished writer blues, is to send out more queries/submissions.) One came back today as a rejection, and I immediately sent out another new query to replace it, along with two more.

This brings my total number of 'queries sent' up to 28. Of those:

4 have been non-responses, from agents who normally respond even with rejection, so I'm guessing the agents in question never saw them, ie, the query got gobbled up by internet poltergeists.

1 was a partial request (later rejected)

2 have been personalized rejections (which were almost more hopeful than the partial request, believe it or not.)

15 have been rejections, and

6 are still in the wind, awaiting responses still within the usual response time

I admit, some days these numbers get me down. And others, I boggle that other writers out there have sent nigh unto 100 queries for the same project. I'm marveling that I've almost reached 30. And, as work on the space pirates continues (officially passed what I believe to be the book's halfway point today), I begin to worry more about how I'm going to query it in the future, than the queries still out there for Dark Vision. I don't mean that to sound in any way against DV - I still firmly believe it should be published, that it's good enough to be published, and that one day, it will be. Maybe one of the agents currently being queried will fall in love with it. And maybe someday, when I have an agent because of Nemesis (or something else, but hopefully for space pirates) I'll be able to pitch DV to them as well.

In any case, some days it's easier to take rejection in stride. And others, it's like chewing broken glass. I was reading a thread on a writing forum today that was basically "getting an agent - success stories" - and I read two or three back to back that went something like:

"I finished my novel, revised it, made a list of my top agent picks, and sent out twelve queries. Within twenty-four hours, I had nine partial requests, six of which turned into requests for a full, and then my Dream Agent made an offer of representation, followed quickly by three more offers...." and I had to stop reading the thread, because seriously, while I was happy for these three people, reading their stories was not so much inspiring, as it was utterly deflating. Nevermind that their experiences are not the norm. Many, many more authors experience hundreds, if not thousands, of rejections before being made any sort of offer, from either an agent or an editor. Reading these, I had to forcibly remind myself of that. One even had the very cavalier attitude of "I don't understand this whole idea that landing an agent is hard..." That was actually the one that broke me. Time to step away from inspirational stories and go search agentquery for more agents to, you know, query.

Also, now that I've broken 45,000 words, time to reach for 50K.

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-: Beautypeartreealley on April 10th, 2008 11:13 pm (UTC)

...yeah. The first three novels I wrote and submitted to agents, I think I submitted to 20-30 agents each, and never even got a partial request. Form rejections at query level, all of them.

I can't say for sure I'm a better novel writer now, since the actual novels never got rejected at that stage, but I guess I've become a better query writer, because my last two submitted novels have at least gotten some partial and full requests (and, subsequently, rejections!).

So, hey, you're already ahead of me ;)

Edited at 2008-04-10 11:14 pm (UTC)
celli on April 10th, 2008 11:59 pm (UTC)
I think you're awesome. *hugs*
"Connoisseurs of Difficulty"kistha on April 11th, 2008 12:08 am (UTC)
Gods I hate this business.

I like to hurt people who hurt my friends and loved ones. It's an entire industry that exists to abuse aspiring authors. Ugh want to go punch someone.

You all must be masochists, but I love you just the same.
kjljkjlj on April 11th, 2008 01:06 am (UTC)
Hang in there. We believe in you.
Irrationally Charmed by Science: HMC howl's heartsuperstitiousme on April 11th, 2008 05:18 am (UTC)
hey, we're newly friended on LJ, but I read this and just wanted to give my support and *hugs*. Hang in there; DON'T GIVE UP. :) <3