I’ve sent out draft 2 of my manuscript to my readers (thank you readers!), leaving me with some time on my hands. Rather, leaving me with some time to do publishing research. What’s next?
- review edits and suggestions from readers–implement
- create a list of agents to query
- write a query letter (which needs a synopsis and title)
- brainstorm a title (no small feat!)
- write a synopsis
I’m excited to be at this next stage of the novel-writing process. I’m trying not to be daunted by statistics I find on agents’ websites: “I reject 99% of all query letters that cross my desk.” I keep telling myself that I can’t get rejected (or accepted!) until I send in some queries.
- query agents
- wait for responses (anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months)
- hyper-edit the first three chapters (if an agent likes my query, they’ll ask for the first three chapters)
- research self-publishing
It’s a process. There’s a learning curve. But I’m taking it one step at a time and trying not to think about that 99% statistic.