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In my inbox this morning sat an email from an agent I recently queried. She represents another cozy mystery writer in the Sisters In Crime organization, and was recommended to me by another agent.

My fingers paused above the file, not sure if they wanted to open it or not. Would I be lucky and get a hit on nearly my first try? Or would she tell me ‘Thanks, but no thanks.’ ???

After several minutes of debate, I hit the enter key and zoomed in on her words like a starving writer…only to be disappointed. Her rejection said my hook was not sufficient to interest any of the editors she knows.

Big sigh.smiley face maybe next time

I’ve been told by both my writing groups that I’ve written a good story, so I’ll be pulling down my how-to books about query letters and improving this one paragraph description by echoing the tension and frustration of my main character.

On a positive note, the only way is up!

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It’s not good news… sigh.

It’s not bad news… sigh, again.

After three months of waiting, I finally received a response from the agent who’s been holding my first three chapters since November. She advised that she’s no longer accepting new clients.

I can’t say I’m surprised. Hitting the jackpot my first time out was a slim-to-none chance.

So now, it’s back to the drawing board, so to speak. A writer friend has given me the names of three publishers who do not require an agent. Unfortunately, one of them is closed to submissions until August.  The other two advise 12-16 weeks to respond to my submission.

On a positive note, that time frame will expire by the time the Cape Cod Writers Center conference occurs in August. They will be offering a “Pitchapalooza” of agents. Think of it as speed-dating! http://capecodwriterscenter.org/

Off I go to prepare my query letter for publisher #1… wish me luck!

 

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Well, its been two months since I emailed my first three chapters to the agent from CrimeBake. Because of the holidays… Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years… I decided it was only fair to allow her extra time to read those chapters and get back to me.

I’ve been nervous about asking her… do I really want to hear what she has to say?

But I’m telling myself I’m totally prepared for her to tell me that my story is not quite what she’s looking for. Not many writers hit the jackpot first time out.

My fingers are crossed. My toes are crossed. So how much time do I allow for her to answer? How soon to follow-up on a follow-up?

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Several weekends ago, I ‘pitched’ my novel to an agent at the New England Crime Bake, the annual conference sponsored by both Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America.

Sitting on the other side of the table from the agent was not as daunting as I had expected. She smiled at me, and I explained the story behind my novel. After asking a few questions, she looked at me and said, “Here’s my card, email your first three chapter.”

YEA! It was all I could do not to jump up off my chair and dance around the room. But, of course, I didn’t, being a completely professional person. I thanked her as we shook hands, and exited the room, passing the next author in line on my way out.

And so I sit and wait for her to find the time to read my chapters and get back to me with either good… or bad… news. The good news would be if she sayd, “I like your writing style and your characters sound interesting. Your story has potential, so I’d like to read the remaining chapters.”

The bad news would be, “I’m sorry, but your novel is not what I’m looking to publish right now.” That would be so disappointing, but I’m prepare to hear those words as well.

And so I sit and wait.

 

 

 

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