Last November I wrote the final paragraph on a project that had been hanging around my desk and head for years. My first novel. So it was with great excitement that I studied my list of agents who I knew to be accepting unsolicited submissions in this piece’s genre (juvenile historical fiction) and prepared my first packet.
This was my task list:
- compose a query letter
- share query letter with writing group and get feedback; edit as needed
- format manuscript according to specs
- prepare mailer envelope
- don’t forget SASE
- proofread letter again … and again
- double-check mailing address
“The Envelope” dropped in the mail on December 4th. I kicked up my heels and celebrated. What a milestone!
Today, six weeks later, the SASE was waiting for me in my post office box. Bracing myself and mustering my courage, I opened the envelope. Inside was a rejection, although it was what I consider to be a positive rejection. Compliments on the writing, but the manuscript simply isn’t a good fit for their agency. Not too hard to swallow. Mildly disappointing, but not surprising — as anyone is quick to say, “getting published is very difficult”. So that’s one down and …. how many more to go? Who knows.
Tomorrow I’ll get back to my list of agents. My goal? Three more packets out by the end of the week. This time I’m sending out to multiple potentials rather than just one.