Do you ever feel this way about querying? I know it’s happened to me. My final draft was given the go-ahead from betas. I was so excited to share the premise and my characters with agents and when those first few queries went out, I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best.
And then nothing happened.
I tweaked my query. Went over my first chapter with a fine toothed comb.
I queried some more.
REQUESTS! Yay! This was really going to happen! In two weeks time I just might have myself an agent! After all, that’s how it happened for... (insert the hundreds of published authors who found their agent right away).
But then the requested material came back with an ‘I’m sorry, but...’
Months went by and the cycle got old. And then I felt like ‘well, if it didn’t happen for this book in the first six months of querying agents- it isn’t gonna happen.’ I gave up and moved on to a new project.
But should I have given up on the project if it wasn’t taken on by an agent in the first six months? If one out of ten agents requested the material and eight out of eight didn’t want to commit for whatever reason, is it over? Is my book really not worthy of being read or did I just not find the one agent who likes it as much as my betas did? How do I know that if I don’t just keep going and querying, it might get into the right hands?
I think this is a dilemma a lot of writers today face. On one hand- if it doesn’t happen fast, it doesn’t happen because we give up!
On the other, some published authors query their books for YEARS, hitting up hundreds of agents before finally finding ‘the one’.
And on a more depressing note- some query for YEARS, hit up hundreds only to never be taken on at all. (kill me now)
How do you feel? If you believe your book should be out there but it’s just not happening, do you move on? Or do you continue to query come hell or high water? Do you think if it doesn’t happen fast, it’s not gonna happen at all?