Thursday, August 18, 2011

One step forward, two steps back

At least I know.  I sent a follow-up email this morning to the agent that had requested my full manuscript of "Down in the Creek".  I didn't expect to hear back so quickly.  Twenty minutes later, I had my answer.  She regretfully had to inform me that their company had suspended all acquisitions of new material to focus on their current clients.  She mentioned that I was towards the top of her list, but it might be quite a long time before they could get back to me.

I will have to keep looking and start all over again, querying agents and waiting for more rejections.  Maybe it would be easier to start wishing on bright stars.

I said that I would praise God no matter the outcome and I am pleased that he let me have the experience.  I praise Him, but that doesn't mean that I'm not hurting.  Why is it so complicated? 

I could really use that frying pan right now.  I'd like to knock myself over the head for a little bit.  I am going to be strong through this, but it is hard.  God, please let me lean on you. 

8 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear it. :(. I believe everything happens for a reason even if we can't see what the reason is right away. Hang in there!! I'm sending good vibes your way.

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  2. At least the good news is, she didn't reject you because she wanted to. It was a company thing. So don't takeit as a full on rejection. You know that someone in the professional writing world likes your writing! :D
    -Molly

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  3. Sounds like she liked it, but couldn't take on more clients. Keep going!

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  4. I know it's a disappointment and you're hurt, but try to take the positive from it. She liked your writing, and was interested in taking you on. The global financial crisis is making breaking into every industry more difficult.

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  5. This will sound crazy, but that's a really good rejection. Right now, a lot of agents are slowing down aquisitions until they figure out where the market is heading with the whole Amazon/ebook/POD/loss of retail market situation. They like your stuff, but they're focusing on how they can sell what they have, before picking new clients up. That's not a knock against your writing, it's the market.

    Keep plugging away, you'll right home for it eventually.

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  6. Try not to let it get you down. Just keep plugging away. With my first book, I sent out something like 120 queries with only about 10 requests for partials/fulls. The trick is to not put all your eggs in one basket. Unless an agent requests an "exclusive," you should continue sending out queries even when you have partials/fulls out. It helps you feel a bit more in control.

    Do you use querytracker.net? That's an awesome site to keep track of your queries and to find agents. Also, you can read about other people's experiences with the agent.

    Good luck!

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  7. @Angela - I'm sorry that you had a rough time too. I learned my lesson not to think an agent was exclusive because they wanted to represent me, but never did. I don't use querytracker.net, but I'll check into it. Thanks.

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