This publishing business is tough. It takes a lot of persistence, a lot of heart. Rejections are many, requests are few. And I thought medicine was difficult!
I started querying in ernest this week. (For those of you not in the know, a query letter is an unsolicited request for an agent to represent an author. Most agents get hundreds of queries a week. The odds are not good.) I'd stuck my toe in the query waters a couple of months back, but didn't really polish my letter, didn't have a synopsis ready, hadn't discovered the many ways to find agents. After doing the research, I now know about all of these things that the average reader doesn't. Who knew all the steps it took to get a book published?
I really like my manuscript. The story is good, the characters are memorable, and the plot has twists and turns. In short, it's something I'd pick off a shelf and read. I'll just need to stick to it and keep querying. Surely there's an agent, and a publisher, out there who will like my book as much as I do. I just need to find him or her. And find him or her I will.
I'll keep you posted as I continue on this journey.