Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Why it's ok when an Agent rejects my Query
I keep this notebook to record my queries with agents for whatever book I'm writing. No, I don't have an agent yet. But since I'm old-school and lack the confidence to self-publish, my eventual goal is to retain an agent. I want to be published in those publishing houses that won't accept my own query and I also want the experience with contracts that an agent brings.
But so far, I have garnered many, many rejections.
So why do I say that's ok?
When I first started writing, I hoped everyone would love what I wrote. Thankfully my mother did, then my husband and a few best friends did. But in reality, that isn't enough. Is it?
I read a lot. So does my husband. We have stacks of books around our home. I don't read what he loves. He won't touch mine. I might rave over the newest women's fiction that comes out and he turns his nose up to it. It would bore him to death.
So what am I getting at? I've learned that the best agent a writer can have is one who loves what you write. She/he should be your biggest fan, your cheerleader, your support. Because if they don't love what you write--then how are they ever going to get behind it to sell it to a publisher?
I used to want an agent. Any agent. Someone so I could say I had one. You know that cool thing authors do by putting their agent's name on their blog or getting their picture taken with one at a conference. Well, cool isn't what I want anymore. I want the agent who will tell me "I couldn't put your book down!"
I want them to ask what else I've written and tell me they will give it their all to get my work out there.
So maybe I have to write book number nine or ten or eleven until that happens. That's ok too.
Because someday I'll get that call. And I'll know that's the agent I've been waiting for.