Good news, all of my partials are now off in the universe of Agent-Consideration land! Yay!
I stayed up late, reading and rereading and making sure that the first 50 pages/first 3 chapters of my manuscript were perfect. At one point, when I finished reading my first chapter for the 100th time I sat back and smiled. I really do like this manuscript and I love this story that I have written. I’m excited about it and I hope someone is as excited about it as I am.
I edited my pitch, the same one I delivered verbally in New York this past weekend, as well as my bio. Some agents wanted the sample of the text attached as a Word document and some wanted the text pasted in the body of the email. I spent a lot of time researching all of the agents I pitched to in order to make sure they are a good fit for this project. I see now how very important it is to seek the right agent. You want the right person behind your manuscript. You want someone to be a great writerly boss and a great champion for your word and your voice.
I’m now in the next stage – the waiting stage. I’m hoping that the agents read the work and show as much excitement about it as they did on Saturday. While I wait, I will keep picking at my manuscript, editing and finessing. I only hope to write you later this week, or next, with some great news – that a full manuscript was requested.
I really do hope this is it. I hope that this is the big hurdle that will lead me to get an agent. I’ve been writing for so long, professionally for nearly 10 years; first as a journalist and then fiction writer. I have so many stories I want to write and I hope they can be shared with the world. This is what I want to do. This is always what I’ve wanted to do. I’m in this obsessive stage now; all I can think about is writing. All I can think about are the lives of my characters.
I’m going to take a deep breath and I’m going to wait. Thanks to everyone who has been following along with me on this adventure and rooting for me. I have great friends, and know great people I have met along the way who want me to succeed. I want to make you all proud of me, but most importantly…I want to keep writing and telling stories.