But sometimes the better musicians are the ones playing in the orchestra. And that, too, is a pretty cool gig.
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Without a doubt, the most difficult part of submitting to an agent whether querying or submitting a full is the wait. Beginning to think they are as fanciful as that fairy dust but they must exist somewhere. Maybe where the fairies are? Good post though, Rachelle.
I hear your frustration, Neil. I must be lucky. She is super-affirming.
She does not criticize much or make many suggestions comments; but when she does, I listen. What do you write? I am kathleea on Twitter. Follow me and I can DM you with my email. I am looking for one, too! The thing I like least about querying is the requirement for emailed queries, because email is simply not reliable. She looked into it, and found out that while I had gotten an auto-reply, the query itself was nowhere to be found.
Throughout the process, I never forget that it is always a subjective decision. Whose to say why? Slightly off the subject, but I remember querying Nathan Bransford back when he was an agent. Of all the form letter rejections I ever received, his was the best. So agents are not held to the same standards that we are.ramdevakid.tk
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So true. The email bounces. The email address is wrong or no longer in service. The hard part is not knowing whether to try harder or cut your losses and find a new hobby. I could always start a recovery group, a twelve-step for people foolish enough to begin writing. Oh man, this is going to be epic! Why should we limit ourselves? I want to keep my mind open for something to surprise me. I believe most agents are the same. Yeah, I can understand that.
The most frustrating thing about a query process? I interview missionaries and write about them constantly for Missions Mosaic magazine, but writing about myself is like pulling teeth. The most frustrating part of querying is not hearing back from an agent. I think that for most writers, a no response is better than nothing. I enjoy the process though. The hardest part is the wait. For example, my submission guidelines, posted in at least 3 places, clearly states that queries are to be sent to our agency email address representation booksandsuch. However, everyday I receive several queries at my own email address.
No doubt there are hundreds of writers out there cursing my name for never responding, not even with an auto-reply. Thanks for replying. And since I feel like I need an agent, I will keep going. Every time I write an new book I feel I am closer because writing is a process too and I am learning to be a better writer.
Have you seen the lit reality show in Italy called, Masterpiece? Maybe we should do that here. Rachelle Gardner September 3, 64 Comments. So true! Your query may need work.
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Your book may need work. Any or all of the following: Keep querying. Self publish. Write another book and query that one. Or… maybe not. I've worked in publishing since and I love talking about books! Suiter Clarke on February 11, at PM.
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Joe Snoe on November 20, at PM. Richard Mabry on November 14, at AM. Walt M. Paul Holte on November 14, at AM. Ty Strange on November 14, at AM. Lani on November 13, at PM. That being said, here we all are, trying our best to get our work out there. Justin on November 13, at PM. Wendy on November 13, at PM.