Querying - A Hard Decision
...okay, okay, let's get one thing clear before we go any further - THIS IS NOT ABOUT QUITTING EVEN THOUGH THAT TITLE LOOKS TOTALLY DEFEATIST!!!! This is about making the decision to stop querying one MS and start another.
As Space!Story edges closer to completion, I find myself wondering if it might be time to stop submitting Resistance. I started querying it in May 2012 and, while it's not been all bad news (in fact some of it has been rather exciting!), I haven't signed with an agency. That's not to stay I won't (exciiiiiting!!!!!!!!), but with a new story steadily approaching query readiness (I'm aiming for early 2014), I find myself thinking it might be time to pop Resistance in its filing box and thank it for trying so hard.
I won't be doing it just yet... but its time may be coming.
Even if Resistance doesn't land me an agent (and it still might! It really, really, really might!), I've learned a lot of really important things:
- You need more patience than you think you will.... No, that's not enough. MORE PATIENCE!
- Entering competitions is a great way to find agents you might not have otherwise interacted with.
- Query when it's the best time for you. Not just your book - you. When I started, I had a stressful job and unemployment loomed. Not the best circumstances to start adding rejection letters to.
- Rejection e-mails/letters, even the good ol "Dear Author" ones, are better than silence.
- It's every bit as emotional as everyone says it is, especially to begin with, but after a while the sting fades. Well, it did for me ^^; Maybe that's just a sign of how easily distracted I am... Now, every rejection is just another red line in my spreadsheet rather than the crushing blow of defeat.
- Managing expectations is hard at first but it does get easier.
- Partial requests are very exciting.
- Full requests are SUPER EXCITING YAY!
- ...waiting for responses on those is not easy.... And you might be waiting for a while... Like, a looooooooooooong while...
- ...Seriously, get used to waiting. Find other hobbies PRONTO (bring it on, Violin Grade III!!!).
I'm not quitting. Never! I'm just adapting.
What hard lessons have you learned from querying?