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#681 Thrash

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Posted 13 March 2017 - 08:39 PM

I would wait a little longer between volleys---most agents don't respond to queries within a week, so if you wait a little longer you may have more opportunity to see if your query is working.



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Posted 22 March 2017 - 09:51 PM

I have  (FINALLY!) made it to my final draft!  WOOHOO!!! Wait...the thought of writing a query letter TERRIFIES me  :unsure: Please, please help! I thought I'd be okay going by examples but I feel so out of my element I feel like crying - mostly because I'm afraid of doing it wrong.  I have zilch. No synopsis (can't figure those out either) NOTHING  :sad:



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Posted 14 April 2017 - 07:11 AM

Question, about how long does it take for a partial/full review?

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Posted 14 April 2017 - 12:38 PM

Question, about how long does it take for a partial/full review?

Honestly (and maddeningly) that really depends. Fulls take longer. But I wouldn't even give either a thought until the 4 week mark has run. Part of the problem is you have no idea how many other partials or fulls are sitting in the agent's TBR pile. This is a waiting game. As long as they are not exclusive though the good news is you can go right on. And should you ever chose to give someone an exclusive on a full THAT MUST be limited--e.g. 2 weeks imo, not more.


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Posted 14 April 2017 - 03:53 PM

Question, about how long does it take for a partial/full review?

2 weeks to a year.

 

I know, it's crazy-making to wait. Look at the agent's website, as many have average turn around times, and if it's been a good bit longer, then send a polite nudge. If there is no turn around time listed, wait at least 3 months before nudging.



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Posted 23 June 2017 - 09:20 AM

Welp, here I am. yaaaaay



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Posted 15 August 2017 - 05:23 AM

Hello lovely people,

 

If there's one thing I wish I knew before I started querying, it's just how bloody long the whole thing takes.

I sent my first tentative query out one year ago! A freakin' year!

I have since revised my query (about 5 times), and I have participated in Twitter pitch fests (#DVpit and #PitMad.)

 

So far, I am 30 queries in. I currently have 2 agents who have my full, and a publishing agency who has it too.

 

All up, I think I have had 10 requests. 8 fulls and 2 partials.

 

Am so sick of my book. Sick of agents. Sick of querying. Sick, sick, sick.

 

Then I remind myself that all it takes is ONE YES.



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Posted 15 August 2017 - 02:47 PM


Then I remind myself that all it takes is ONE YES.

That's ridiculously true. I'd queried my fourth manuscript to death. All the rejections with feedback I received said the same things (opening wasn't strong enough, etc) and I retired the it. Still had a few queries floating around, but it had been months since I heard anything. Then one agent got back requesting an R&R (my first). I was gearing up to start querying manuscript #5 but started fiddling with the R&R. Then a different agent said one of her colleagues referred my #4 manuscript to her and could I please send the full?

 

I almost didn't do it. Waffled for two days. I was revising, after all, and might have better luck with the next book. Eventually decided "Oh screw it, what's the worst she could say? Another no?"

 

A month later she offered me rep on that flawed little thing, and now, after much revision, we're getting ready to go out on submission (and I pee my pants a little every time I think about that).

 

tl;dr: don't ever give up.



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Posted 25 August 2017 - 12:28 PM

Just began trying to query my second manuscript. In fact, going to be sending out five more queries today, bringing the total to ten before the waiting game of rejections.

 

I've queried before. My first manuscript went over well with betas and even got some really positive feedback from Pitchwars mentors. However, the query (or first few pages) must've been awful because I ended up only getting a couple requests (out of like 50) that never went anywhere. Anyway after wallowing around in rejection induced sadness for a couple months, I saw an interview with someone from AQConnect. It talked about how writing and publishing is very much a game that you can only lose if you give up.

 

Now, I don't have a success story. My second manuscript could be a complete flop and never even get a single request from an agent. But, I love to see posts like Gibber's that remind us not to give up and to keep pressing on no matter how fractured we believe our own work to be.



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Posted 04 September 2017 - 12:41 AM

I need help, and hugs, and commiserations.

 

Ugh. So for the past few months, 4 agents and one publishing company have had my full manuscript. I have now been rejected by two of those agents.

 

Seriously, I am losing hope, and most days I am so damn depressed it just drags me down.

 

Since you guys are the only people who understand, I want to share my personalised rejections. Please tell me what you think they mean. Or at least, send me a virtual beer, or something. I am feeling pretty low today.

 

 

Dear Lisa,

 

Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to consider The Honoured Society. There was a lot to admire about this manuscript and I think you’re a talented writer. I especially enjoyed the complex character of Apolla and her distinctive voice. In the end, however, I thought this book straddled several genres and would likely be difficult to place. For that reason I’m going to step aside. I’m sorry I can’t offer you better news. Other agents, of course, might feel differently and I encourage you to keep trying.

 

Thank you again for thinking of me. I wish you the very best in finding suitable representation.

 

All best,

(agent)

 

Second:

 

Dear Lisa,
 
It took me a long time to get back to you because I was torn: while I love your premise and like your writing, I didn't feel like I'd be the best agent to place your book in the US market right now.
 
I think you have something on your hands, but it needs revisions. When doing that, keep in mind the great advice for fiction writers: show, don't tell. Your character tells us a lot of things about herself, for instance, that would be much stronger if we could see that in the text.
 
Courage, as they say in French, and keep writing!
 
 
Thanks guys. I really value your input.


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Posted 04 September 2017 - 11:19 AM

*Virtual beer*

 

I think they don't mean anything other than exactly what they say. They liked it, but didn't think they could sell it and each had a very different reason. With personalized rejections of your full, after you pound your head into the wall, boil down to two categories: things you can do something about and things you can't.  The first one---that's not something you can fix on your end.  She doesn't have the contacts to place a genre-straddling book so you just need to keep looking for someone comfortable with that, or someone who has a cleaner vision of your genre.  The second one is something you can do something about, but only if you agree. Read through your book again---does your MC explain too much? Do you like that style yourself or do you think you could balance it out? Don't dive into revisions right away, as you need some time to fall in love with your book again after receiving this blow. I hope you're working on something totally new in the mean time while you wait on your other fulls. 



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Posted 05 September 2017 - 12:32 AM

Thank you, Thrash.

 

I didn't really agree with the second agent, to be honest. I felt it was necessary for the MC to tell rather than show at the beginning. She is calculating and biding her time, then she switches from inactive to active.

It's not something I am willing to change.

 

And yes, I am working on another project in the meantime. (16,000 words in as of yesterday.)

 

It just drives me crazy sometimes, even though I understand that that is the nature of the business.

 

Thank you for your words. I appreciate it.






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