“I think you have a great nonfiction hook here that will resonate with a lot of readers. And you clearly have talent,” she wrote.
This has been so much harder than when people read only the query letter or the first chapter and passed. She read the WHOLE THING, this thing that I made, and she said, “It’s good, but it’s not good enough,” and it hurts so much more than it should.
Onward and upward, but first I will likely take a day or two to grieve this.
Trying to find an agent has been quite the up-and-down process.
Yes, I’ve gotten rejections. A lot of them. Or at least what feels like a lot.
I’ve also gotten multiple requests to read the full manuscript. I’ve gotten multiple requests for a partial manuscript. I got one “This isn’t right for us, but if you have something else, feel free to send it along.”
That one feels weird to me, because I’m sending out the best thing I have. Are there people who are sitting on their best novel and shopping their second (or third or fourth or whatever) best? Why would someone do that?
But so the process continues. Things are moving along, although I’m in a holding pattern while waiting for a response from the agent who has my manuscript. I hope she loves it, even if she passes.
I got my first rejection from an agent.
I knew it was going to happen sooner or later, so it’s nice to get it out of the way. Eventually I’ll have a stack of them (or, more likely, an email inbox full of them).
There was, of course, the knee-jerk “but wait, I know this book is good, you just have to read it” thought. And then I told myself, “This wasn’t the right place. The right place is out there. The right person to fall in love with my book too, to champion for me, and for Elise and Paige and Julianne, and someday, possibly for Alex and Laina and all those other women I write.
So. Onward. Outward. To that right place.
I recently began shopping my first novel. Well, it’s not technically my first novel. It’s actually the third novel I’ve written, though the other two are, well, not for public consumption. Third time’s the charm, though, and after over seven years of tinkering, I think the novel is in shopping shape.
It’s not only my opinion. I also work-shopped my novel with a critique group, and I’ve had beta readers. The novel’s on its sixth draft. It’s been a lot of hard work, but I’ve gotten to a point where I believe its ready to be out in the world. I figured I’d get a website going so that I can keep people up to date on where things are at during this process, and get the word out when my novel becomes a BOOK book.
Thanks for coming on the journey with me!