I must say that the Barbara Bova Literary Agency is really on top of things. Less than a day after I sent them a query for War’s End, I heard back.
Unfortunately, your query does not meet our particular need at this time, but thank you for giving us the chance to review your work. Good luck in future.
Most agencies tell you it will be up to eight weeks – and that you may never hear back from them, depending upon their mood!
In the writing world, life is full of rejection. I get that. I understand it.
I know that I’ve written a good query letter, one that I, and others, feel is my best foot forward. And I would honestly be shocked beyond measure if I actually got a “yes, send me more, we are interested” response from the first batch of ten. Or even the second batch.
These things take time. And lots of perseverance.
My eldest once said, “Paper your wall with rejection slips!”
I looked at the rejection, so politely worded, and cut and pasted it to the notes section of my Submission Tracking file for War’s End. It is the first, and I doubt it will be the last, and that is just fine. An hour later, I found another possible “go-to” agent in my 2011 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market, visited the website, read over the details of how to submit a query, and sent another one out.
My mother once told me, “I don’t know how you do it. Life has given you such terrible twists and turns, knocked you to the ground, and yet, you get up, dust yourself off, and get back to it.”
And so it must be with my writing. And yours, if you are so inclined. Sure, you got knocked to the ground and it hurt like hell. Now get up, dust yourself off, and get back to it. There’s no time like the present.
In other news – I woke up this morning, words and phrases describing my second non-fiction book The War On Drugs: An Old Wives Tale bouncing about in my head. It took a couple of hours, mainly because I allowed myself to be distracted wading through emails and surfing the internet, but I pulled up an old query letter I had written and got down to editing it. Then I sent it off to my new best writer friend Kerrie for a good thorough proofreading.
I need to pull together an author bio, an outline, and identify the sample chapters I would send with the query, and then I’ll be set to begin my first round of ten inquiries to agents.
Wish me luck!