Query Day – Round One

Today is my first 21 agent submissions; the supah-star agents. My cunning plan is to see if any of them have notes, and if they do, use those notes to help prepare for the less known agents. I am moving on re: work after 50 submissions if I get notes/rework/don’t find representation: this is a BIG number, but since I abandoned ship after 11 last time even though I’d had a higher number resolved, I figured this time it was Go Big or Go Home.  Also, when it comes down to it, I suck at Query Day and everything associated. I love writing, but I don’t know how many of these I have in me.

As for this book? Well, it is more commercial, plus in the meantime I’ve learned a thing or two about a thing or two. I figure it’ll have a better chance – but I kept the previous rejections from Eureka, and looking back, they’re pretty good. I’m not sure why I thought it was such a dismal failure – I had three people send notes, five request for partials, and one person requested full.  That’s not quite the horrorshow I’d misremembered out of 11 agents. In fact, if personalized rejection is an indicator of progress, it is almost hopeful.

Anyway, I’ve already gotten one lovely and apparently personal rejection from the agent of De Lint and one request for partial.  Many of the agents won’t get back, if they’re not interested, but since my first two communications do seem to find the query interesting, I’m going to call that a win.

Now. That request for partial needs a synopsis. I’d planned to do 25 submissions today, but four need synopses. Only I’d procrastinated getting my synopsis finished, because BARFOLA.

Gonna need to get that sucker done tonight.

This post came out of some gentle prodding – I *am* supposedly writing a writing blog, but I do all sorts of crap without mentioning it here. Like the awesome edit process I found – it rawks. Did I tell y’all? Nope.

It seems when things are feeling like they’re working, I’d just rather not mention it. JUST IN CASE.

I’ll have to think on that one – and maybe write about it, even.


  1. Hey, I’m as gentle as a gal holding a big ol’ electric cattle prod can contrive to be! ZAP! ZORK!

    You’re off to a rip-roaring start!

  2. I read the book. It’s a good book. I couldn’t put it down. You can quote my in your letter.

  3. I, for one, am interested in your magical editing process.

    And in your book. But i don’t have an agency, so. GOOOOOOOOOO ARWENNNNNNNN!!!!!

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