My search for an agent hasn't been as stellar as I had hoped.
Part of that is my fault. I haven't sent out very many queries. When I sent a mass email to a hundred agents two years ago and got rejected by every single one of them, I became overly cautious. I need to just buck up and be more aggressive.
Don't misunderstand me, it's not that I haven't seen any interest at all. In fact, here's an interesting tidbit;
I've always wondered if queries are really as big a deal as everyone makes them out to be. Well, one agent who had rejected me two years ago actually requested the manuscript this time around. She eventually said no, but for her an improved query made all the difference.
It's far from time to through in the towel, but it sucks that the story of my "writer's journey" isn't going the way I envisioned it. I blame a friend of mine. She sent a partial of an incomplete work to five agents and had three of them clamoring for her within the week. Granted, she's been published before so it's ridiculous to compare myself to her, but still, I wanted my story to be like that.
While I'm on the topic of agents, I would like to send a thank you into the universe directed at the agents who are specific in their rejections. I would love to get emails that say, "I'm too busy to take on a new client," or "I don't even represent your genre, stupid," so I know it's not because my book sucks.
One agent sent me a rejection that said my writing was lovely, but her agency has had trouble selling books in my time period. It's true, there aren't many Ancient Roman books out right now.
That rejection was incredibly helpful. I always thought if I didn't get an agent I'd just sell my book for 99 cents on Amazon and move on to my next book, but if the biggest reason my novel isn't taking off is that Rome isn't popular right now, it would make more sense to shelve the book until readers come back to the Ancient world. The Tudor fad can't last forever, right?
I just really hope I get an agent before the HNS Conference. I don't know why, but I want to include it in my writer's bio very much bad. (Speaking of which, you can see my writer's bio here. Pretty neat, huh?)