Friday, March 27, 2009

Let The Games Begin!

My first snail mail query (with my prologue/chapter 1) goes out today. Finally! With hubby out of town for 3 days, it's been such a busy week with just the normal stuff; school, home schooling, lessons, laundry...and then there was running out of ink, paper, stamps and envelopes...well, let's just say that it took me quite a bit longer than usual to get my act together. Oh well, it's all taken care of and I can move on.

Just so you know, I do plan on querying widely after my initial run at the first few agents -assuming none of them take me on, of course :) My plan is to first query the agents that generally take the longest to reply. I'm giving myself 6 months to hear back from them before I begin adding to the list (unless I start getting responses/requests sooner, in which case I'll pick up the pace - there are only a handful that I've found that I think would be best suited to my career at this point). I know, that's not necessarily a big time frame in the writing world, but it's as large a window as my patience can handle! In the meantime, and after I'm completely done with the notes on my current MS, I will be working on my next project. So exciting!

With the story polished and tweaked to the best of my ability, I've begun to go over the comments made by my fresh pair of eyes in greater depth. Well, truth be told, I did the first few chapters already so they could be ready to submit to agents at a moment's notice. I am so pleased with the results thus far. It's awesome to have a fresh perspective on the story. Rebecca gave me such great feedback, and the changes I've made have really helped improve things. I was extremely happy with the way my MS turned out in the first place, so anything I can do to make it better is just icing on the cake. Obviously I know that once this is in an agent's or editor's hands, there will be more changes to be made, but all I can do is make this as strong as possible.


1 comment:

Stephanie said...

Wishing you lots of luck!!! I give you tons of credit....I am not that patient!!! I get in query mode and don't stop till I've submitted to all the agents on my list! Usually they get back to you within a few weeks...a month.