I keep a log of the agents I’ve approached, when I queried them, when I blogged about them, when I heard back from them, and what they said. For easy reference, I highlight the ones I haven’t heard back from yet so at a quick glance I can see how many and who are still out there in the ethers.
Yesterday I was reviewing this log and Agent #4 caught my eye. I queried her on January 4th and on the 5th I heard back from her. She asked for the synopsis of all 9 of the novels I have planned out for this series I’m writing as well as the first few chapters. I couldn’t help but be excited–one of the agents on the A List of my A List had shown great interest. So I emailed everything she asked for.
That was January 6th and it was now the end of March and I wondered if I would be out of line sending her a quick email going, “Uh…helloo-oo-oo..?” I was still thinking it over when an email from her popped up in my in-box today. It said:
Thank you for sharing your work with me–and for your patience in waiting to hear back. This is a great concept—I enjoyed reading this, and made sure that several others in the office saw your work—but I’m afraid that we’ve concluded that this is not quite right for us. Still, I hope you will continue writing and sending out your work. If you haven’t done so already, you may wish to look at The Jeff Herman Guide to Editors, Publishers, and Literary Agents – there, you should be able to find someone who’s a better fit for your work. Best of luck with this and future projects. All best wishes.
<insert deep sigh here>
So close! SO CLOSE! Oh well, at least she liked the idea. Actually she better than just ‘liked’ it – she thought it was ‘great’. And that’s encouraging. Actually it’s two-parts encouraging, one-part disappointing and one-part frustrating because I happen to agree with her: I think my central concept IS great. I think it’s commercial and has the potential for mass appeal and–May I be brutally frank?–I’m surprised more agents haven’t jumped all over it. So, it was terrific to hear from someone who agreed with me! Smart lady! And then she said ‘No.’
I guess it’s just a matter of connecting at the right time with the right agent on the right day with the right approach. Ahhhh! So that’s all I need to do! Well, now I have that figured out, the rest of it should be easy-peasy-as-can-beasy. After all, opportunity won’t answer the door until you’ve knocked.
I wonder if this is how Avon ladies feel?