Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Still Alive!

In October, I was asked to send a partial to an agent. I haven't heard anything from them since placing my manila wrapped hopes in the mailbox. With white knuckles, I waited twelve weeks for a response. At that point, I took a deep breath, mentally accepted what others were trying hard to not say, and typed off an email. Hey, maybe she never received it, it's possible. Always grasping for that last straw. Today, while browsing around, my inbox beeped. I blinked several times at the return address. It was my agent from October. My eyes flicked to my buddy list. Yes! Someone was there. Her shocked voice came through my voiceless machine loud and clear. OPEN IT! All those months I had wondered how I would feel when faced with that particular email. Now I know. Numb. I clicked the button and tried to tune out my friend who was trying to come through the wires after me. "Yes, we have received your submission. It will be a few more weeks before we can get to it." Ugh, my heart. My heart. Okay. It could have been worse. It wasn't a no and that's still promising. So, at least I know I'm still in the running. I'm going to need nitroglycerin by the time this is over.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Round one

Twelve hours, two friends, numerous rereads, and endless tweaking--oh, and let's not forget the unrelenting headache, but it will all be worth it if she says yes, I'd like to read more. What am I talking about? How I spent yesterday. This is such an odd experience. I am a jumble of emotions while I try to remain focused enough to present an agent with the best possible sample of my work. I know, I made it shine before querying her but when you get a request for a partial, you become a fanatic. I am so glad I have friends who understand this and jumped in to help me comb through the requested material. This is one business where you can truly feel the same level of happiness for someone else as you would yourself. Perhaps it is due to the fact that everyone has plodded this road with me and has been there every step of the way. Thank you, ladies. I couldn't do it without you.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

What a morning!

I started my day by sending e-queries. After returning from the post office to send queries with sample chapters, I got back on line and found I already had two responses to my e-queries. Hmm, this could go either way. One e-mail was a nice decline, but the other wants me to send a partial. Woo-hoo!

Saturday, January 6, 2007

And they're off!

I sent out the new queries today. I have no idea what to think. It is scary, but what else can be done? This batch is queries only. I will send the queries and sample pages on Wednesday when I'm able to go to the post office. I wonder if people ever miss this part of the process. Let's hope I get to find out. :)