Thursday, September 18, 2014

Entering the Query Trenches

This blog started with me posting up a novella--my first finished book-length piece of writing, the first book-length thing I didn't abandon. Since then, I have done three NaNoWriMos (winning all three), wrote a supernatural contemporary (shelved), a Regency historical romance (shelved, but reshaped into something else), a Tudor historical (not quite finished/shelved), wrote a light, sweet New Adult story (last year's NaNo; finished, if not quite polished), and then four drafts of a historical fiction.

Today, I entered the query trenches with that historical fiction. I sent off five queries to various agents today and hope to find more agents to query this work to. I think I'm being fairly realistic about this; the chances of gaining representation are not high in only the first round. But then I'm reminded that, only a few years ago, the idea of actually sending a submission out to an agent was both inevitable and terrifying.

So now I've done it. I've gotten a couple of auto-responses to my query and we'll see what happens.

In the meantime, I have a new project to turn my attention to.

10 comments:

  1. I just did this recently myself. It's a scary step, especially as the first rejections start rolling in. But it means we're progressing, right?

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    1. It certainly does! Good luck with your queries, Stephanie.

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  2. OMG!!! OMG!
    Your first time in the query trenches! >>**HUGS**<< Yay! I'm excited, in case you can't tell. Lol! You know SO much more than I did my first foray into the trenches. Have the best of fun times with your new project! It really is one of the best forms of distraction. You know I've tried everything! You know what else is good? Shopping for iPhone cases. Lol!

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    1. Well anyway, I won't hear anything for about a month, if I ever hear anything, so now I can be in full research mode with the new story. I saw a really cute iPhone a few years ago...it was Downton Abbey-themed. Not sure I want to go that far in declaring my obsession with that show, though lol

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  3. yay!!! how exciting :) hope all goes well :)

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  4. Good luck! My first time in the query tranches as well and man the waiting is rough!

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