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On to my post...
As some of you know, I've been querying a manuscript. So far it's been fun. I didn't mind rejections because they just felt like a challenge to query a new agent.
Reality settled in the other day as I scrolled to the very last name on my list. Done. Almost done. It hit me that after a few more queries, I'll only have the publishing houses left. And most CBA houses require an agent, meaning my manuscript will most likely be put under the bed.
I'm more sad about that then I expected. This was my first completed manuscript. In all fairness, it probably doesn't have what it takes to sell. I knew that going in, but it's still disheartening to know the race is almost over.
One thing cheers me up (besides the obvious like God and family).
I have more.
That's right. Hear me laugh victoriously and shove my fist into the air.
This is why it's so important that when you finish your first story, revise it, perfect it, send it out and move on. Querying takes an incredibly long time. While you're getting rejections and requests in, be working on something else.
A WIP makes rejection easier. And if you do get requests, or the call, then you have something else to offer the agent/editor.
Have you finished your wip? Are you at the querying stage and are you working on something else?